WESTERN EUROPE: Germans Bearing Arms

In Paris' gloomy old Quai d'Orsay, representatives of six neighboring nations stepped forward one by one last week to initial a draft treaty which would, if ratified, pool the armed forces of France, Germany, the Benelux nations and Italy into a common European army. Surrounded as the treaty was by more pessimism than at any time in its 15 months' gestation, the initialing ceremony was nonetheless something of a triumph when set against the tangled nationalisms and ancient hatreds of Europe.

It would set up a European Defense Community (EDC) with a board of commissioners, a council of ministers, a...

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