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The Soviets had already begun to strip their zone of industrial plant and raw materials, but the British and Americans were convinced that the German economy must be left sufficiently strong to pay for imported food and raw materials, and were not ready to subsidise the Soviet zone. The British were particularly concerned because they had the highest population density within their zone, which would starve unless food was imported. A compromise was negotiated whereby both the USSR and the Western powers would take reparations from their own zones.

Provided that Soviet power was secure in the key states of Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, he was ready, at least for a time, to be flexible in Hungary, Finland and Czechoslovakia and respect the interests of his allies elsewhere, as his attitude to British intervention in Greece showed. In Italy and France he kept his options open by instructing the Communist parties to join democratic coalitions. Roosevelt and Churchill privately conceded that Eastern Europe was predominantly a Soviet sphere of interest, and in practice treated Western Europe, particularly Italy, as an AngloAmerican sphere of interest from which Soviet influence was excluded.

1 Germany in 1945. USSR POLAND GERMANY Frankfurt LUX. Warsaw R. (W) Kassel BELGIUM PRUSSIA Szczecin (Stettin) a S 0 Gdansk (Danzig) HUNGARY ROMANIA 42 | Europe and the Cold War 1945–91 Political boundaries Rivers Zones of administration Four power administration Key terms The Break-up of the Grand Alliance 1945–7 | 43 Latent fear Concealed (latent) or indirect terror and pressure. Central Executive Central organising committee. Why, then, was this co-operation not maintained? In the first place there were many high-ranking British and US officials, as well as West German politicians, such as Konrad Adenauer, the future West German Chancellor, who were convinced that the Soviet zone was lost to the rest of Germany.

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