THE NATIONS: Watch on the Rhine

British and Belgian army groups last week held joint maneuvers near Aachen. The theme for the exercises was: "Strong invading forces have reached the Rhine and are attempting to cross it . . ."

That sentence summarized Western Europe's fear. In the French National Defense Ministry's Salle des Maréchaux, where Napoleon used to brief his marshals, the five Western European nations last week decided to set up a watch on the Rhine. Implementing the Brussels alliance (TIME, March 15), the defense ministers of Great Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg met and agreed on common measures against aggression—i:e., against...

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