The South Tirol dispute was one of the most troublesome problems that faced successive Austrian governments between 1945 and 1969. It divided two countries which, in post-1945 Europe, should naturally have been on good and friendly terms. There were times when the Italian and Austrian governments were both anxious to end it; but internal politics, especially in Italy, made it particularly difficult to achieve a compromise which would not be denounced as betrayal by the more nationalist elements on the two sides, above all in South Tirol itself.
KeywordsAustrian Government Foreign Minister Political Autonomy Autonomous Area Package Deal
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