International: Milestone at Bonn

Four years to the day after the Third Reich surrendered the bloody remnants of its arrogance and power to the Allies, German delegates at Bonn last week adopted a democratic constitution for the 46 million people of Western Germany.

Convention Chairman Konrad Adenauer insisted, for history's sake, that the constitution be adopted on that grim anniversary; he managed to have the final vote (53-to-12) taken five minutes before midnight on May 8.

The constitution is to be approved this week by the military governors of the three Western zones. After that the legislatures of the eleven West German states will have to ratify...

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