CONFERENCES: In an Atmosphere of Crisis

Soft music wafted from loudspeakers, through streets gaily arched in colored lights, over children tumbling in the snow, across the city preparing to holiday. On the Eve of Christmas, Brussels looked serene and secure, but, like the rest of the world, Brussels felt the underlying fear and tension. Inside the rococo Hotel Metropole, in an atmosphere of crisis, the Foreign Ministers and military chiefs of the twelve Atlantic pact nations met this week to set up the long-delayed military force for defense against Communism.

Volkskammer. The Brussels meeting was held under a cloud of new threats from Russia. Three days...

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