Foreign News: Revolving Defense

No one had expected the Russians to agree to a German settlement. But there had been real hope for Austria. By the Moscow Declaration of 1943, Russia had agreed that Austria should be treated as a liberated country. After 374 discussions over seven years, "every conceivable nook and cranny," as Dulles pointed out. had been explored. All that remained to be done was to reach agreement on five disputed articles. Chancellor Julius Raab was willing and even eager to pledge Austria's neutrality. Foreign Minister Leopold Figl was sent to Berlin prepared to accept the heavy price demanded by the Russians for...