Two young Foreign Ministers of about the Anthony Eden vintage met in Vienna last week at the summits of their spectacular careers. German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was born in 1893, Mr. Eden in 1897, Italian Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano in 1903. Each of these three conservative young statesmen is the personal protege of his political backer—respectively Adolf Hitler, the Earl Baldwin and Benito Mussolini—each has at least a 50-50 chance to become Chief of State one day.

Last week Tory Eden was in eclipse (see p. 24), but he...

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