ECONOMICS: Schumcm Plan Deadlock

Britain's King one day last week visited the Royal Academy's show of modern French art, accompanied by France's Ambassador, Rene Massigli. When the royal party reached a huge abstract painting by Fernand Leger called La Noce (The Wedding), King George stopped. For a moment the King gazed at the strange melee of human figures squeezed into cubist shapes, then turned to the Ambassador. "What is it?" he asked. "The Schuman Plan?"

His Majesty was right on top of the news. For the Schuman Plan, ten months after it was put forth, last week lay deep in an international muddle. The...

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