GENEVA: Acid Test

Under the great gold-and-brown murals of Geneva's Salle du Conseil, where the Heads of State met three months before, the Big Four foreign ministers met and talked in the polite tones suitable to the spirit of Geneva. Their voices echoed coldly in empty galleries. Outside the hall, delegations from both Germanys circled restlessly.

President Eisenhower had called this second meeting of Geneva "the acid test" of whether the spirit of Geneva marks a genuine change on the part of the Russians. But the Russians had all but declared in advance that they had no intention of settling anything at the...

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