Yugoslavia—The Approaching Storm

Yugoslavia—The Approaching Storm

While East-West tension is subsiding throughout Europe (to a considerable extent the result of Chinese pressure on the U.S.S.R.) and the likelihood of military conflict is decreasing steadily, somber storm clouds are gathering more swiftly with each passing day over a country that many people have rightly regarded as a model for the possible future democratization of totalitarian Communist states, a test tube in which one hoped would engender the union of Eastern and Western Europe— Yugoslavia.

There must obviously be some historical logic in this paradoxical course of social and political development in a country that a quarter of a century ago broke free of Stalin’s sphere of domination, embarked on the road of gradual democratization, and became the initiator of the policy of “peaceful coexistence” now so popular on our planet.


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