Rumania: The Docile Guests

If the West finds Charles de Gaulle exacerbating, it can take some comfort in the fact that the Communist block is afflicted with 19 million Gaullists —otherwise known as Rumanians.

Rumania has withdrawn in all but name from the Warsaw Pact military alliance: the last Russian troops left the country in 1958. It has cut down both the size of its army and the duty tenure and has reserved the right to decide on its own whether to go to war with the rest of the countries in the pact. Bucharest boycotted the...

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