This map shows the integration of the two German states into Europe's military and economic blocs at the height of the Cold War in 1961. While the Federal Republic belonged to both the Western military alliance NATO (countries in green) and the European Economic Community (countries with blue borders), the GDR was a member state of the Warsaw Pact (countries in pink), which was founded as a counterweight to NATO. The eastern equivalent to the European Economic Community (EEC) was the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON). Albania and Finland were associated loosely with COMECON through special treaties.
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