Détente

Détente in Europe

Description of Détente

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes détente in the following terms: [1] A policy of reducing tension between countries. The term was especially used of East-West European relations in the Cold War between the late 1960s and the collapse of Soviet communism around 1990. Among détente’s leading exponents was Chancellor Willy Brandt of Germany, with his Ostpolitik, or policy of conciliation with the Soviet bloc, during the early 1970s. Détente was essentially a one-way strategy: in the West it meant making concessions, such as recognising borders or regimes imposed by force; whereas behind the Iron Curtain it was principally a propaganda manoeuvre to undermine Europe’s NATO-based security.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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