NATO: The Slowdown

Crowded round a green baize U-shaped table in Paris' Palais de Chaillot, 42 foreign, defense and finance ministers of the 14 NATO nations last week sought agreement on how much the West should spend on defense in 1953. The debate was wordy, but the sense of the meeting was plain: a majority of those present believe the time has come for a thorough reassessment of NATO.

"Remote & Receding." France, whose strength in Europe varies inversely with the size of the French Army's difficulties in Indo-China, wanted the conference to recognize NATO interest...

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