European Socialism And The Conflict In Central America

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European Socialism And The Conflict In Central America

By Eusebio Mujal-Leon
Praeger, 1989
127 pp. $32.95

This useful study surveys the reasons for and the modalities of European Socialist involvement in Central America's conflicts during the 1970s and early 1980s. Differences are noted from party to party and from country to country, but in general Eurosocialist engagement has passed through three phases: unbridled optimism and intense involvement in 1978-81; reduced activism from 1982-1986 as disenchantment with the Sandinistas grew and the Reagan Administration pushed for a change in European policies; and renewed activism and intensified engagement in support of negotiations from 1986-1989. Although European Socialist parties are still interested in Central America, "there is little evidence that either individual European countries (where the Socialists rule or have significant influence) or the European Community are willing to bridge the gap between rhetoric and action by providing substantial development assistance for the region or according its exports preferential treatment."

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