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November 9, 2016
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February 19, 1999
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May 10, 1953
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p~o~red For Release 1 ~9 RbP83-0042(~'~06~i~ ,,~~^ ~,,~ Country; Germany (Federal Republic)/Eastern Europe/USSR Subject: I.F.F.J. report: Place Acquired by Source: Date Acquired by .Source: Date of Information: 10 May 1953 25X1X6 This ~r~~ Q~~ E~ ~F~ 25X1X6 ~q ~ie`d ~: I Sc 4 1~~~ 7C } { c v~i^i ~!:}13 ~J1 OI ? "~ 25X1 A2g Ll~vailable on loan from CIA Library is a 29-page photostat copy of a report entitled Problems of Eastern Europe in West German Politics, prepared May 1953 for limited dissemination by the International Federation of Free Journalists of Central and :Eastern Europe and Balkan. and Baltic Countries, 14 Stanhope Place, London W. 2. Summary.: This report discusses current trends in West German political thought on future relations with Eastern Europe and the USSR. It analyzes the aims, partisans and propaganda mediums of the two chief trends: 1. "The trend of 'limited' political aims" 2. "The trend of 'unlimited' political aims." 1. The trend of limited litical aims advocates a return to the status quo prior to 1939 only a small fraction of this camp supports the more drastic aim of return to the status gtto prior to 191~~. This trend enjoys support from the masses. It finds expression in the definite program of an organized group: the political party Gesamtdeutsche Block der Heimatvertriebene and Entrechteten (GBHE), established 1952 to represent the several million deportees and refugees from Eastern Europe who "want to go back home". It also finds expression in an important group of newspapers and periodicals. 2. The trend of unlimited political aims encompasses several political doctrines "still in a stage of research and. discussion" among groups of elite--politicians and scientists "working discreetly behind the scenes". These doctrines include: a. "Return to the Rapallo System" (i.e. system of division of influence between Germany and the USSR over the territories situated between them). -The "neutralist" group envisages co-operation between Germany and the USSR. -Such groups as the Society of German-Russian friendship envisage co-operation with a democratic Russia "of the future". Certain news- papers promote this line. b. "Reconstruction of the pre-World-War II Central European system with Germany dominant". This concept is being developed by two main groups: -A civilian group concentrated around the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur ?steuropakunde (German Association for Research on Central European c r ~* /US QFFIC IALS ONLY .. ~e :...~. r i, 6 S ~ L. .. _... R f Approved For Release 1999/09/10 :CIA-RDP83-004238000800350 T~~N Ta C~~ ~.~~~~~ - r ,'~A oved For Release 1999/(G'~0: H~~~. R OQ423R000800350003-2 ppx UR! ~_.. ~-. Y lN~ORM'ATlON IUS OFFICIALS ?NLY 2 _ b. (continued) Questions) established 199 in Stuttgart. The report lists the leading members and active collaborators. -A military group developing "within the frame of a future German General Staff." This group. is evolving a "colonial" policy based on traditional Mitteleuropa principles. The report also notes certain minor trends in German political thought concerning Eastern Europe: a. Current research by the Eastern Department of the SPD (German Socialist Party). b. Activity of the Arbeitskreis psteuro~a group, Stuttgart, The report concludes with a review of the influence of such trends on the official policy of the Bonn Government.? ~~~~~~~~ Gtu~R! ~~r_ ~? ?~ r~~ Approved For Release 1999/0 ~'10 : ~la-~`~~~~-OS423R000800350003-2