WESTERN EUROPE: The Pacts of Paris

The structure of Europe changed last week. In a historic five days, the West's statesmen moved farther and faster than they had in the past two years of frustration and acrimony. West Germany began the week technically still occupied and emerged a proud new sovereign nation. As an earnest of their trust in the new Germany of Konrad Adenauer, the NATO powers welcomed Germany as an equal among equals, and entrusted it with an army which should prove the most formidable component of free Europe's defense.

Seven weeks ago, as John Foster Dulles pointed out, the Western world "faced a...

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