Thatcher, Gorbachev, Bush: read the secret Kremlin records

Remarkable cache of official transcripts of conversations which show the then Prime Minister’s hostility towards a united Germany

Note by Anatoly Chernyaev on conclusions from the Conference for International Policy.

March 10 1986: excerpt


Shouldn’t we actually thoroughly consider whether we could mount this whole ‘German-German question’ in such a way so it benefits the socialist community, socialism and our politics? After all the most important card, the decision about the so-called ‘re-unification’ of Germany, is in our hands. With this, we can tie in the whole line about moving the Federal Republic closer to us. There are a lot of underwater rocks there. Everything needs to be researched very thoroughly, together with serious specialists and scientists. Perhaps some stereotypes would have to be overcome, which were quite naturally borne out on reflection of what Germans did during the War. In any case, we need to find out what is the likelihood of new Bismarcks or Hitlers [appearing from the woodwork]. In brief, the German theme requires our serious attention. It looks as though it is becoming the main [route] in the realisation of our European course. more

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