Foreign News: Terms of the Peace

His eyes bloodshot and his legs stiff with fatigue, an allied occupation official gulped his sixth cup of coffee shortly before dawn one day last week. Wearily he trudged back to a room where, for 14 hours, the occupiers and West German government officials had sat about a conference table. "I think we've just about got it wrapped up," said he.

The "it" in the wrapping process is the long-awaited "peace contract"* which transforms West Germany from the thrall of its conquerors into the land of the almost-free.

Twenty-Five Knots. In one marathon session,...

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