WESTERN EUROPE: On Rock or Sand?

As the Foreign Ministers of Western Europe gathered in Rome last week, it seemed as if they had come to bury the European Army, not to raise it. France's proposed amendments to the European Defense Community treaty threatened to make it so acceptable to French opponents of the army that it would be completely unacceptable to West Germany, Italy and the three Benelux nations.

In back rooms and over green baize tables in a 16th-century Roman villa, EDC's two most fervent champions teamed up to save the dream of a six-nation internationalized army. Switching dexterously from Italian to French to old-fashioned...

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