THE ALLIES: Plain Words

The U.S. is more concerned about President Charles de Gaulle's stubborn efforts to revise the character of Europe's defenses than it lets on. So is De Gaulle's Western European partner, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

The communique issued last week after meetings in Bonn between Adenauer and French Premier Michel Debre implied as usual that differences had been reconciled and agreement reached on the importance of NATO as "the basis of European security." But according to confidential diplomatic reports, it was not like that at all.

Dispatch from Grenoble. Even as the two men rode into Bonn from the airport, Adenauer began denouncing...

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