Definition of Eurocommunism in US English:



  • A political system advocated by some communist parties in western European countries, stressing independence from the former Soviet Communist Party and preservation of many elements of Western liberal democracy.

    • ‘In Latin Europe, the communist parties weakened as the era of Eurocommunism waned.’
    • ‘At the time it also developed a party line that came to resemble Eurocommunism, ostensibly independent of both the USSR and China.’
    • ‘The rising tide of Eurocommunism in southern Europe (particularly in Italy, France, and Spain) since the mid-1970s also worried the United States much more than the Europeans.’
    • ‘But that whole concept of Eurocommunism or African communism is against the basic thrust of history.’
    • ‘Leaders of the latter attacked Eurocommunism, and it was stalwartly defended by the Spanish leader and others.’
    • ‘In Western Europe, the long postwar boom and the lack of progress made by the Communist parties there led in the 1970s to the emergence of a trend known as Eurocommunism.’
    • ‘Yet Eurocommunism made the same decision in Western Europe after the war: to cooperate with Christian Democracy and to struggle for the revolution peacefully, by changing public perceptions.’