ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOVIET UNION-Isolationism

world's importance in superpower eyes sharply contrasts with the growth of Europe's importance. To that extent, the summit became merely a venue for the continuing dialogue on German reunification and European security. The differences that persisted at the summit over a unified Germany's relationship with NATO and over Gorbachev's proposal of a Greater European Council based on the 35-nation Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) form part of the continuing struggle by the superpowers to cling to past dominance in a now resurgent Europe. With the prospect of a reunified Germany becoming the centrepiece of an integrated European Community, the only way for the US to retain influence is via military domination. This necessitates the continued existence of NATO with Germany tinder its control as a member. Hence the shrewd US proposal to the Soviets of a NATO member Germany with the sop, among others, of a ceiling on troops in Germany, and of a Germany without nuclear weapons. Soviet proposals also serve more than one purpose. Their suggestions of a Europe-wide security system based on the CSCE negates NATO and a nearly redundant Warsaw Pact. It would ensure continuing influence for the Soviet Union, reduce the threat of Germany and sideline the United States in Europe.

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