By B. Vivekanandan

The publication supplies an in-depth research of the overseas matters of ecu Social Democrats through the postwar interval. It specializes in how, in addition to struggles for reforming in their nationwide societies on social democratic traces, they reached out and enlarged their issues for greater concerns affecting different peoples, quite of the constructing nations of Asia, Africa and Latin the United States and examines their responses to the hot demanding situations of monetary globalization, foreign safeguard and the environment.

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As Fritz Vilmar said: 'Brandt was certainly responsible for the study ofthe North-South situation. His report stimulated Democratic Socialists' consciousness in the North about their responsibility to the development of the South. '28 However, the Social Democratic parties of Europe and the trade union confederations supported the recommendations of the Brandt Commission Report; many Social Democratic Congresses all over Europe passed resolutions in support of the North-South dialogue. Soon after its publication, follow-up action was taken to implement one of the major suggestions in the report - a limited North-South summit.

14 When, in December 1961, the United Nations designated the 1960s as the First Development Decade, Kreisky convened in July 1962 an international The Economic Dimension 21 conference of eminent personalities from both the developed and the developing countries to explore new methods of cooperation and collaboration between the two groups of countries in order to promote the development of the underdeveloped countries. This conference, called the Conference for Economic Cooperation and Partnership, met at Vienna and passed the famous Vienna Declaration, the preamble of which stated that the continuance 'of the conditions ofpoverty, misery, disease and degradation for two-thirds of the human race' was 'the most urgent problem of our times' .

It blocked the development of the South effectively through a combination of structural factors, including debilitating debts. The report focused on the existence of aglobai dualism which divided the developed and the developing countries and their societies. It said that after a long period of full employment, the North was undergoing aperiod of unemployment of approximately 35 million people. High interest rates had increasingly siphoned off resources from the poor debtor countries and pushed them into a deeper crisis.

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