The Soviet Union and the Socialist and Social Democratic Parties of Western Europe.
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The Socialist, Social Democratic, and Labor parties of Western Europe have always presented special opportunities and difficulties for Soviet foreign policy. From the perspective, these parties are important for three reasons, all of which must be considered in making policy toward them and toward Western Europe in general 1 most of these parties are actual or prospective governing parties 2 they represent that part of the West European public that Soviet analysts regard as realistic in its attitudes toward the USSR and progressive on the other issues and 3 the parties on the non-Communist left, at least according to Soviet ideology, are potential partners in the revolutionary struggle. This note examines Soviet policy toward the non-Communist left in Europe in light of the three roles these parties play in Soviet eyes. It review Soviet strategy toward the non-Communist left and the way in which they are responding to various Soviet initiatives, and consideres the implications for the Atlantic alliance of these trends and of Soviet efforts to exploit them. Keywords USSR Socialism Western Europe, International relations Foreign policy.
- Government and Political Science