BERLIN: Team Play

Western expectations of what might be accomplished at Berlin generally ranged from fear—that the West might somehow be tricked out of its wallet—to a conviction, especially among the professionals, that the West's diplomats would probably be lulled, dulled and bored to death by the mechanical clatter of familiar Russian propaganda. Even the most optimistic resigned themselves to a long preliminary wrangle about seating arrangements, topics and procedure.

Instead, an agenda was adopted in two days. In five days, though the U.S.S.R. dodged and twisted on the way, the Big Four Foreign Ministers were actually discussing the subject for which...

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