Eurocommunism and “The Russian Question”

Eurocommunism and “The Russian Question”

Eurocommunism is not a homogeneous movement, but some common elements do exist. One central problem, which arises both on practical and basic theoretical grounds, lies in the relationships between the Communist parties of Western Europe and the Soviet party, and between the vision of “socialism” advanced by the Western Cps and the Soviet model. This, historically, has been referred to as the “Russian question.”

Whatever the virtues and vices of the West European parties, their organizational independence from the Soviet party is now a fact. But like most “facts” in politics, it has to be thought of in dynamic terms. For the organizational emancipation of these parties has not been paralleled by an equivalent ideological emancipation.


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