THE RUHR: Rhineland Republic?

The greatest factor in the news about the Ruhr is a movement for a Rhineland Republic. The French have long encouraged the formation of such a republic, which would consititute a buffer state between them and Germany. The movement became active, however, at Coblenz last week when the Rhenish People's Party for Rhenish Independence decided to unite the actions of the whole Rhineland towards the forming of an independent republic. According to French experts, the creation of the republic is only a matter of days. But the matter is not so simple....