SPAIN: Caudillo's Crisis

There was still an Axis-sponsored dictator left in Europe, but Generalissimo Francisco Franco's turn seemed to be coming up. The U.S., Britain and France (Soviet Russia has never recognized him) were turning the heat on the pudgy dictator.

In Washington, significantly, Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson and Dr. Juan Negrin, last Premier of the Spanish Republic, had the first official talks to be held between a high-ranking State Department officer and a high-ranking Spanish Republican in six years. The French Foreign Office sent Washington and London a note suggesting a joint revision (i.e. a possible rupture) in relations with...