INTERNATIONAL: Benes & Briand

The French and the Czechoslovak Parliaments, both hotly hostile to Teutons, put their respective foreign ministers on the carpet last week, demanded prompt action to block the customs union which Germany and Austria have announced that they wish to form (TIME, March 30).

In Prague the parliamentary grilling was particularly hectic. Opposition deputies charged that famed Foreign Minister Dr. Eduard Benes ("biggest little statesman in Europe") had been caught completely napping. This seemed to be a fact. A very few days before the Germans and Austrians sprang their...

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