FRANCE: The New Communism

A major political drama is unfolding in Western Europe: the Communists' attempt to gain power by asserting that their brand of Marxism is just a benign, reformist force, quite unrelated to Moscow. They have said this before, of course, but they are now pushing the line to the point of no longer even sounding like Communists. Will non-Communist parties believe the line? If not, what will they do about it? All this may well be the most serious challenge to democratic values and security in Europe since the cold war.

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