COMMUNISTS: Europe's New Renegade Reds

Time was when the Russians could imperiously summon a conference of European Communist parties, dictate the agenda, and crown the session with long speeches by comrades praising the Soviet Union as the true leader of the socialist world. Not any more, apparently. What was to have been a final preparatory meeting for an all-Europe Communist summit conference early next year ended in deadlock in East Berlin late last month. Instead of approving a document demonstrating Communist unity, the abortive meeting highlighted the unseemly disarray of Communism in Europe these days.

The summit was originally conceived as a follow-up to last...

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