ECONOMICS: Ginger's Progress

Nine Western European statesmen met last week in a sun-flooded room atop Paris' Hotel du Tabac. Britain's Sir Stafford Cripps suggested bluntly that they might feel freer without the usual corps of advisers at their side. The advisers snapped their briefcases shut and left the room, looking hurt. Sighed Eire's Foreign Minister Sean MacBride: "Alone at last." Thus alone, the executive committee of OEEC (Organization for European Economic Cooperation) got down to business. Its decisions could leave the Marshall Plan a stopgap aid to European reconstruction—or it could shape the Plan into a historic instrument for European unity.

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