GERMANY: Independent Again

Last week the Western powers kicked away some of the last blocks in the path of an independent West Germany. As agreed by last September's Council of Foreign Ministers, the Allied High Commission gave up most of its direct control over Germany's government. The Germans were authorized to set up a Foreign Ministry to handle their own diplomatic relations.

The Germans got this measure of self-government only after they had agreed to take responsibility for Germany's foreign debts and to share the burdens of Western European defense. But they are not yet fully independent. The Allies retain their German exchange controls...

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