EUROPE: The Germans & the Russians

In the ornamented music room of Spiridonovka Palace in Moscow, the great gaunt Chancellor of West Germany clasped hands with the masters of Russia. It was the signal that Europe's bitterest enemies had grudgingly come to terms.

There was no agreement to be friends, nor could there be any trust between Communist Russia, which holds half of Germany captive, and the Bonn Republic, committed tightly to alliance with the West. The agreement merely said, in stiff, impersonal terms, that both sides, for the first time since the mutual treachery of 1939-41, will establish diplomatic relations and work towards "mutual understanding...

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