THE SAAR: Going but Not Gone

Two days before the people of the Saar went to the polls to elect a new Parliament, French newspapers were gloomily telling their readers: "The Saar is lost." After all, only two months before, the German-speaking miners and farmers of the coal-rich Saar basin had seemed to demonstrate their preference for Germany by rejecting (more than two to one) a Franco-German proposal to "Europeanize" them. Yet last week, when the results were in, it was the confident Germans, not the French, who were bitterly disappointed. Pro-German parties won almost two-thirds of the...

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