THE NATIONS: The Look of the World

In the interim between Geneva I and Geneva II (due to resume July 13), the headlines tended to stress the disarray in the Western camp: Britain's impatience for a summit on any terms, Adenauer's quibbles with Britain and quarrels with his own party, De Gaulle's insistent demand for big-power status. But serious headlines, based on the anxieties of the moment, are apt to obscure basic trends that move more slowly—slower trends that justified a more optimistic outlook in July 1959.

Around the world, peace could be captured in the sight of Dior models in front of Stalin's tomb, in the...

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