International: Laughter Under the Chandeliers

In Paris last week, the horsetrading began.

As everyone had expected, Andrei Vishinsky turned down the West's proposal for a Germany united on the basis of the Bonn constitution. He took two days and a lot of his beloved Russian proverbs to do it. Britain's Ernie Bevin grunted impatiently as Vishinsky hammered away: France's Robert Schuman fidgeted in his chair. But Dean Acheson, knowing that Vishinsky was talking—and had to talk—for the record, coolly waited till the Russian had run down. Then he submitted a proposal for settling the Berlin dispute.

Acheson, who has a keener sense for conference table tactics than...

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