From Non-war to Peace in Europe
The revolutionary change in Eastern Europe in 1989–90 has given world politics a completely new outlook: the end of the East-West conflict has come. The basic reason for this conflict — conflicting ideologies and systems — has disappeared. Other dimensions of the conflict have become less marked, e.g. the world-political antagonism of the two world powers, and, in rudiments, even the arms competition. The old enemy images have disappeared. What has to be done now is to master the legacies of this vanishing conflict structure: the remains of bloc confrontation, the way of thinking still rooted in the old structure, and especially the enormous dimensions of armament. First and foremost, however, new perspectives for a structure of durable peace in Europe must be developed. The year 1990 will be known in history as a time of basic decisions.
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