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How did Western European governments initially respond to the Great Depression?
Political parties were reorganized into single, national parties to tackle the problem with unified efforts.
Public works projects were immediately launched to counteract the negative economic effects.
Legislatures passed measures allowing for more open trade with reduced tariffs to stimulate the economy.
Conservative political measures were largely replaced by leftist socialist policies in most countries.
European holdings in Africa and Asia were decolonized to liberate spending for the home economies.