The Socialist Unity Party of Germany’s bizarre relationship with the Greek Communist Party in the period 1968-1989

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2011 Number 3

The Socialist Unity Party of Germany’s bizarre relationship with the Greek Communist Party in the period 1968-1989
Andreas Stergiou, pages -

Abstract

This analysis of the relationship between the communist party of Greece (KKE) and the communist party of the German Democratic Republic (SED) demonstrates the complex political, diplomatic, financial and cultural dynamic which could exist between communist parties on different sides of the Berlin Wall between the crises of 1968 and the endgame of 1989. This article explores how the changing objectives of the leaderships of both parties (and the international orientation of the GDR) before, during and after the fall of the Greek military junta in 1974 (and the split in the ranks of the Greek communists which preceded it) shaped inter-party relations. It documents the impact that the SED’s overtures to the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Party (PASOK) had on the relationship between these international ‘comrades’. 

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To cite this article
Andreas Stergiou (2011) The Socialist Unity Party of Germany’s bizarre relationship with the Greek Communist Party in the period 1968-1989, Twentieth Century Communism, 2011(3), -

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