Last week, in Europe, the West completed a long contemplated step forward, and the Communists stepped back. By 32 to 2, The Netherlands' Senate became the final parliament to ratify the Paris accords, rearming 500,000 West Germans within a Western European Union. Next week, at a full-dress NATO meeting in Paris, the Germans will be accepted as partners in the Atlantic Alliance. The biggest remaining snag—Franco-German differences over a Saar steel mill—was ironed out last week when Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French Foreign Minister Antoine Pinay met in Bonn and disposed of the awkward details.

In Austria, the vast Red army...

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