Europe: A Resurgence of the Spirit

Personalities can make all the difference in politics. That dominant personality of the European scene, Charles de Gaulle, could barely conceal his distaste for professional Ludwig Erhard, West Germany's last Chancellor—not to mention his distaste for Erhard's pro-American policies. The result was some bad days for Franco-German cooperation, formally set up by treaty in 1963. Last week, when West Germany's new Chancellor, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, made his first official visit to Paris, De Gaulle met a man whose mind and manners he could admire. Learned and elegant, a longtime friend of France...

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