GERMANY: Cracks in the Road

Unifying and strengthening Western Europe is something like building a road over uncertain footing. The roadbuilders' efforts may be impressive, but at any moment the smoothest-looking stretch may crack.

So it was last week. The first crack appeared in the Saar region. After 23 months of majestic planning and hard work to unite the old enemies, France and Germany, into an economic and military union, the French and Germans were at each other's throats over which nation should control the Saar's iron & coal.

In the Bundestag, the powerful Socialists demanded that the Saar issue be settled before West Germany's "peace...

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