WESTERN EUROPE: Blue for Progress

At half past nine one night last week, Germany put the clock forward. Bonn's Bundestag ratified the European Defense Community treaty providing for an integrated European defense force (including 360,000 Germans) under NATO's supreme command. It was the first of the six "Little Europe" powers (the others: France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands) to do so. This was the quo; a few minutes earlier, the Bundestag had already approved the quid: the allied peace contract restoring to Germany increased but not complete sovereignty after eight years of occupation. With these two votes, Western Germany took a decisive step in its...

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