THE NATIONS: Peace Conference?

In Paris this week delegates from France, Western Germany, Italy and the Benelux nations gather in the august Salon de I'Horloge of the French Foreign Ministry. Their task is to hammer out an agreement which will give substance to Robert Schuman's bold plan for pooling Western Europe's coal and steel industries. To most of the delegates it means the practical beginning of an undertaking which in the past has been little more than an oratorical flourish: Western Europe's union. But above the hopeful voices in Paris was audible a disturbing buzz—the voice of doctrinaire Socialism.

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