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West Germany and the Portuguese Dictatorship, 1968–1974: by Rui Lopes (auth.)

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By Rui Lopes (auth.)

West Germany and the Portuguese Dictatorship 1968-1974 examines West Germany's ambiguous coverage in the direction of the Portuguese dictatorship of Marcelo Caetano. Lopes sheds new mild at the social, fiscal, army, and diplomatic dimensions of the awkward courting among the Federal Republic of Germany and the Caetano regime.

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It also engaged in an elaborate intelligence offensive, supplying Conakry with incriminating documents from the AA, which the West German authorities claimed to be forgeries. 109 If there was pressure for Bonn to distance itself from Lisbon, therefore, it was a product of the FRG’s continuing rivalry with the communist countries, not of its reconciliation with the East. Contrary to the customary interpretation in Portuguese historiography,110 neue Ostpolitik did not encourage a West German estrangement from Portugal.

In permitting the continuance of this monstrous trade Willy Brandt is, curious as it may seem, showing himself to be a successor to Adolf Hitler – insofar as he is effectively supporting the regime which more than any other today carries on the Nazi tradition, and at the expense of Africa. He is, of course, inheriting a policy of the Christian Democrats and one protective of the interests of German capitalism. In continuing it, he may have a greater effective responsibility for the maintenance of Portuguese tyranny in Africa today than any other man.

137 The International Front 37 Simultaneously, a fiercely anti-colonialist movement also emerged in Dutch society, of which one of the most active faces was the aforementioned Angola Comité. 138 The group managed to influence the agenda of the opposition Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid – PvdA), stirring up a debate within the party about the possibility of the Netherlands withdrawing from NATO if Portugal was not excluded from the organisation. 140 As a member of the EEC, the Netherlands was also involved in the negotiations for Portugal’s trade agreement with the Common Market, which for Hague became a hot topic domestically.

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