Foreign News: Quasi-Ratification

Adroit and persistent old Chancellor Konrad Adenauer got the European Army treaty and the German peace contract through West Germany's Bundestag last March. Getting it past the Bundesrat (upper house) was harder. When he failed the first time, Adenauer announced coldly that he didn't need the Bundesrat's approval anyway. Soon a better idea appeared, and last week it came off. The Bundesrat took action, which, in Adenauer's view, at least puts it on record as favoring ratification. By a vote of 23-15, the upper house approved two annexes in the treaties dealing with taxes and customs, and disclaimed jurisdiction over the...

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