International: The Umbrella

Last week in Brussels, Ernest Bevin's dream of Western Union was taking on some hard outlines of reality. Delegates to a five-nation meeting (Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg) moved rapidly toward a defensive alliance against Russia. By mid-March, the delegates' work would be presented to their Foreign Ministers who were expected to sign an "umbrella treaty," to keep Western Europe out of the Red rain. The Czech crisis had speeded up the fusion of Europe's democratic forces.

This week in London, labor representatives from 13 countries (including the U.S.) were meeting to...

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