The differing architects of the West
assembled in London this week to plan a new structure of European
defense, replacing the crumpled blueprint of EDC. The task was devious
and formidable, for out of ancient hates and modern misgivings the
diplomats had to design an arrangement strong enough to withstand the
Russians, flexible enough to let the British and Americans stand half
in and half out, and roomy enough for Frenchmen and Germans to live
peaceably under the same roof.
Each nation had its own ideas of how the fortress should be built.
France wanted a tight little Europe embracing Britain...
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