WESTERN EUROPE: The Paper Cutters

The European Army, still a paper plan, was in serious danger last week from the snipping scissors of Western Europe's diplomats and politicians.

As often before, the seat of trouble lay in France's National Assembly, where Premier René Mayer faced two reservations to the European Defense Community plan. French Socialists, whose support Mayer must have, fear to stand at the side of Germany in the European Army unless Britain stands at the other, i.e., by also becoming a member of EDC; French nationalists, whose support of the Mayer government is equally vital, accept the military wisdom of German rearmament, but...

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