WEST Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) created a private spy network staffed by former Nazis and aristocrats in an attempt to scupper rapprochement with the communist East in the 1970s, a new book claims.
When Social Democrat Willie Brandt was elected chancellor in 1969, his policy, nicknamed Ostpolitik, divided Germany, with many fearing it could lead to Soviet aggression in Europe.
Determined to prevent this, a group of conservative politicians set up what became known as the "Little Service".
The network continued its clandestine work until CDU politician Helmut Kohl became chancellor in 1982 and rendered its existence unnecessary. (©Daily Telegraph, London)