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    Posted: 18-Mar-2009 at 01:04
You notice that if you look at a map of Cold War Europe. That many Western European nations that were neutral in the Second World War also remained offically out of NATO in the Cold War like Ireland and Sweden.
 
So I was wondering why did the following Western European nations remain offically neutral?
 
Ireland-Considerable public opposition to it, could have been risky considering the domestic issues Ieland was facing as my teacher told me.
 
Sweden-Traditional non-aligment polices, man in the Social Democratic Party where opposed to it.
 
Austria-Traditional non-aligment
 
That's all I can think of now I will add more later
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Austria was not neutral in WWII, it was the province of Ostmark within the Third Reich after the annexation. Also, my understanding is that they were beneficiaries of the Marshall plan and classified as West of the Iron Curtain - which would place them squarely within the West's camp.
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Originally posted by Constantine XI Constantine XI wrote:

Austria was not neutral in WWII, it was the province of Ostmark within the Third Reich after the annexation. Also, my understanding is that they were beneficiaries of the Marshall plan and classified as West of the Iron Curtain - which would place them squarely within the West's camp.
 
My mistake, I viewed Austria's Cold War policy alot like Switzerland's in the sense of non-aligment however I shouldn't have put traditional in front of that!Tongue 


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Austria is firstly not "traditionally" neutral but was traditionally a considderable empire. secondly, Austria used to be divided like Germany in occupation zones. however fearing that there will be a similar division and the creation of a tiny Red Austria, there was a deal between the great powers to leave Austria united but at the same time non-aligned. if you closely check the modern Austrian flag you will see that the eagle has hammer and sickle in its claws...
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I would say because of their positions in Europe.
Denmark had to act neutral during WWII because of its rising neighbor(eventhough it was forced to take a stand in the late war). If a war had broke out between the USA and USSR, Sweeden would be an ideal invasion point for further operations.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kevin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Jun-2009 at 15:28
Originally posted by Constantine XI Constantine XI wrote:

Austria was not neutral in WWII, it was the province of Ostmark within the Third Reich after the annexation. Also, my understanding is that they were beneficiaries of the Marshall plan and classified as West of the Iron Curtain - which would place them squarely within the West's camp.


Sorry major mistake on my part!Embarrassed

I really, really, wasn't thinking when I put Austria in there as a traditionally neutral nation!Embarrassed
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