NATO: A Place in the Country

Ever since Charles de Gaulle served his eviction notice on the North Atlantic Alliance last March, NATO officers have been frantically trying to find a new home for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, now handsomely based near Paris. Belgium was a convenient alternative, but its government vetoed SHAPE'S suggestion that Brussels be the site. The capital, it seemed, had no desire to become a prime military target for Soviet missiles. Besides, argued the Belgians, Brussels was already overcrowded, and the sudden appearance of the SHAPE staffers and their families would be certain to drive up the cost of apartments,...

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