THE NATIONS: Umbrellas & Broken Glass

In London last week the big cream-&-gold salon of Lancaster House had been tidied up. The ornate wall mirrors, the candelabra and the red leather chairs were dusted and in place. The Big Four Foreign Ministers were ready for another try at writing the German and Austrian peace treaties.

Weather Change. Since the long, deadlocked afternoons at Moscow's Aero Club last spring, the U.S. had assumed the initiative. The Marshall Plan was one expression of it. Its mere promise was already altering political weather forecasts for Western Europe. For their part, the...

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