THE BALKANS: Flip-Flop

Rumania flip-flopped last week out of the war on the German side into the war on the Allied side. Rumors of Rumanian peace feelers and talks with the Russians and British had buzzed around for months. But the Red Army's mighty shove (see WORLD BATTLEFRONTS) shook the royal palace, jolted young King Mihai and his aging aide-de-camp, General Constantin Sanatescu, into the realization that it was time to stop buzzing and do something. Young Mihai reached first for his Tommy gun, then for a microphone.

To Rumanians he broadcast:

"A new Government of...

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