Two months ago East Germany's Communist Volkskammer (Parliament) made a direct appeal to West Germany's Bundestag for talks on German unity. The proposal registered success with wavering Germans afraid of war.
Two weeks ago the Bundestag tardily countered with its own unity program:
1) a four-power conference to create conditions for free, equal and secret elections;
2) international security measures before, during and after elections, to guard the freedom of voters. Said West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer: "The federal government reaffirms its demand for the holding of free . . . elections. It demands that the Soviet-zone government answer this proposal with...