EUROPE: Pseudo-Sovereignty

What the democratic West had failed to achieve in all of four years' diplomacy —a sovereign, rearmed West Germany—the Soviet Union ordained in East Germany with a flick of its whip. Last week the Kremlin announced that the Soviet occupation of its East German satellite is at an end, that the puppet "People's Republic" will now be "a sovereign state . .. free to decide, at its own discretion, its own internal and external affairs."

The second paragraph of the "sovereignty" manifesto made plain what the Kremlin's brand of "freedom" amounts to: "The Soviet Union...

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