Helsinki 1975 and the Transformation of Europe

Helsinki 1975 and the Transformation of Europe

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It was in Europe that the Cold War reached a decisive turning point in the 1960s, leading to the era of detente. The Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), with its Final Act in Helsinki in August 1975, led to a rapprochement between East and West in the fields of security, economy and culture. This volume offers a pilot study in what the authors perceive as the key issues within this process: an understanding over the 'German problem' (balancing the recognition of the post-war territorial status quo against a formula for the eventuality of a peaceful change of frontiers) and the Western strategy of transformation through a multiplication of contacts between the two blocs. Both of these arguments emerged from the findings of an international research project on 'Detente and CSCE in Europe, 1966-1975', funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung and headed by the two editors.In a conversation with a Romanian diplomat on 21 August 1973, Helmut Kohl even described Paris, Warsaw and ... in this direction finally paid off, with the FRG granting a credit of 100 million DM in 1970, representing the first paymentanbsp;...

Title:Helsinki 1975 and the Transformation of Europe
Author: Oliver Bange, Gottfried Niedhart
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2008-07-15

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