GERMANY: Faceless Crisis

The U.S. State Department quietly prepared a momentous conference. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Britain's Ernest Bevin and France's Robert Schuman prepared for a meeting in Washington next week to discuss Western policy in Germany.

It was high time. The plan to create a democratic West German state had bogged down in a hopeless mess of confusion among the Western powers. The economic revival of Bizonia that followed currency reform (TIME, June 28) had no counterpart in the political field. The constitutional convention at Bonn was in deadlock. Cynicism and the old unwholesome, distorted German nationalism were spreading. More & more...

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