Publication: The Daily Telegraph

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  • Title Soviet Grip on E. German Economy
  • Author From Our Special Correspondent
  • Publication Title The Daily Telegraph
  • Collection The Daily Telegraph
  • Date Tuesday,  Aug. 13, 1957
  • Issue Number 31828
  • Page Number 11
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Telegraph Media Group
  • Copyright Statement © Telegraph Media Group Limited.
SOVIET GRIP ON E. GERMAN ECONOMY From Our Special Correspondent BERLIN, Monday. Mr. Khruschev and his party had talks with East German leaders all day to-day. A Joint communique to be Issued to-morrow will disclose the public results, if any, of these discussions. Herr Ulbricht's position as Secretary of the East German Communist party and chief puppet of the Russians has already been greatly strengthened by the Soviet visit. Had anything gone wrong between him and his masters it would have been known before now. No further ideological relaxation of thp regime in East Germany is to be expected. Herr Ulbricht has all along been acting under orders, and Mr. Khruschev, in his public speeches here, has sgiven no hmt that thase orders are being changed. East Germany plays an essential part in the economy of the .Soviet bloc. The integration of this economy was shaken last year by events in Poland, but the pattern has been renewing itself steadily since then, and may take formal shape to-morrow. KREMLIN ADVICE The East Germans will no doubt promise to reduce the gap in their exporus of finished products to the Soviet Union. In this matter, they will have had to accept some pressing advice from their Russian guests. The public climax of the Soviet visit will occur to-morrow night, when a ma.« meeting is to be held in the Lustgarten. East Berlin. No pains are -being spared to avoid a repetition of Friday's fiasco, when the Leipzig stadium was barely half filled. Military bands, including one from the Soviet Army, choirs and fireworks are among the attractions for to-morrow. Mr. Khruschev will be the chief speaker, but he will be supported by Mr. Mikoyan, Soviet Deputy Prime Minister, Herr Ulbricht and Herr Grotewohl, the East German Prime Minister. Afterwards there will be a reception at the Soviet Embassy to which more than a thousand guests have been invited. Among them will be representatives of all walks of life in East Germany.