WESTERN EUROPE: A Case of Faltering

A fog of doubt and faintheartedness settled across Western Europe. NATO was in trouble. Short of steel, coal and confidence, the U.S.'s Western allies were getting nervous about the mounting pressures of rearmament on their precarious economies. Britain, facing near-bankruptcy, reluctantly slowed down its rearmament program (see below). France, which seems to lack the moral purpose to save itself, could not make up its mind to ratify the Pleven (European army) plan, which the French themselves originated. The Benelux countries talked of pulling out of the European army: if Britain wouldn't...

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