THE SAAR: Attempt at Compromise

Though it is no more than a tiny wrinkle on the face of Europe, the region called the Saar is one of the last big excuses for France's refusal to approve the European Army. To get that excuse out of the path of EDC, West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer stopped off at Paris last week for a private conference with French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault. He was ready to shelve Germany's claims to the Saar and negotiate the terms of its "Europeanization," in return for Bidault's promise to set a firm date for a French showdown on the European Army.

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