WESTERN EUROPE: Mending the Hole

The question before the house was: After EDC, what next? Four years' effort to rearm the Germans and forge a united Europe had reached dead end. The Atlantic alliance was confronted with what one English paper called "a hole in the wall." Confidence between the allies was dissolving into distrust—the U.S. playing "hands off," the Germans beating their chests, the French thumbing their noses and threatening to run away.

Deteriorating Situation. It was also summertime, and the living was getting easier in most European countries. Parliaments were in recess, and the news out of Russia was not of cold threats...

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