International: We Are Going Ahead

At Coblenz, German leaders met last week to consider proposals for a Western German state (TIME, June 14). The plan was a keystone in the dike against Communism which the U.S. is trying to build. Allied officials had feared that the Germans would stall or get bogged down in squabbles between the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats. But in Coblenz, too, Western Germany's new unity before the Russian onslaught worked wonders. The tall, slim bottles of Rhine wine and the excellent cuisine generously furnished by the French may have helped. Socialists and Christian Democrats basically agreed to the Allied proposals.


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