The bustle of European statesmen that began with the death of EDC slowed to a walk last week, and the anger simmered down to workaday asperity. Yet, oddly enough, the new pace did not necessarily mean a slackening of urgency; it reflected a feeling that the difficult process of rearming the Germans had better be done right this time.

Britain's suggestion of a nine-power conference to be held in London this week was politely shunted aside by Mendès-France (who murmured "premature"), by Adenauer (who feared that haste might result in another Brussels brawl), and by the U.S. State Department, which...

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