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Western Europe-Moscow s Footsteps

ECONIOMIC AND POLITICAL WEEKLY WHEN the NATO was formed after the Second World War under the political and military aegis of the US, it was made out to be the unshakeable bastion of the Western world against the Soviet Union, Subsequently, the ascendancy of rightwing military regimes in different countries and the successful thwarting of popular movements, notably in Greece and France in post-war Europe, underscored this. Not before the economic crisis of the mid-sixties did the first crack appear in this European Great Wall. European nationalism asserted itself first in the form of the European Economic Community which though not anti-American was certainly an attempt at devising European solutions to European problems. But the first real jolt came in 1974 in Portugal and the reverberations are being felt in Greece, Italy and Spain.

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