AUSTRIA: When Is a Neutral?

As the price for freedom. Austria pledged the Russians that it would remain "neutral." Chancellor Julius Raab argued that this meant not only military neutrality but also "ideological neutrality," and ordered the Austrian press and radio not to say anything that might annoy the Communists. If everybody spoke the Communists fair, he argued, the Russians might scale down the reparations exacted under the state treaty. Raab carried this notion so far that a commentator was cut off the government-controlled radio for giving a mildly pro-Western account of the Geneva Conference.

Raab's coalition partners,...

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