WESTERN EUROPE: Triumph & Tragedy

In the dying hours of 1954, the deed at last was done. By the narrow but still sufficient margin of 27 votes, the French National Assembly ratified West German rearmament within NATO.

The vote, when it came, was a victory for the West and a defeat for the Russians. It was also a defeat for France. For four years and three months the West had been kept waiting by France. Last week, behind the public satisfaction expressed by Western statesmen, there was a relief that it would not be necessary again to wait for France.

For in accepting the Paris accords,...

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