GERMANY: Point for the West

In the diplomatic struggle for Germany, the West for a change won a major tactical victory. It checkmated the Russian offer of a united but "neutralized" Germany with a better offer of its own.

The West's offer was made to the Kremlin but addressed primarily to the German people. A German settlement, the West said, can only be worked out if there is a "genuinely representative all-German government, formed as a result of free elections and able to participate in full freedom in the discussion of a peace treaty." A united Germany must be free and sovereign, safe from outside interference,...

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