CARTELS: Slow Road

When Allied occupation forces moved into Germany in 1945, they all agreed that I. G. Farben, world's biggest chemical empire and a mainstay of the Nazi war machine, should be broken up. But they disagreed on how the job should be done. Since then, proposals to dispose finally of the 169 I. G. Farben companies in the West zone* have never gone beyond the talk stages.

Last week the Council of the Allied High Commission began acting as though it meant business. It ordered Farben's German properties broken up into an unspecified number of "economically sound and independent companies [to]...

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