WESTERN EUROPE: Detente & Defense

Never had Europe's beaches been so crowded with holidaymakers, or its roads so filled with cars, or its villagers, from Trondheim to Taranto, so well-dressed and well-fed. The vision of the U.S. President swapping toasts with the masters of Russia had given Europeans to believe what they long had wanted to believe: that ten years of cold war were over. High wages and full employment seemed evidence that prosperity had come to stay. All this—and the summer weather—begat a mood that the many sensed but few could...

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