EASTERN EUROPE: The Bloc-Buster

In the days before the Balkans became greyed over by Communism, writers of mystery and history made intrigue the chief occupation of the southeast corner of Europe. Even Communism cannot break all,old habits; it merely regularizes the worst ones. Last week Rumanian Communist Premier Chivu Stoica, rising from deserved obscurity, set a bright little intrigue going. He invited five neighbors—Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia, Greece and Turkey—to a conference to form a Balkan nonaggression alliance. Obviously, Communist Premier Stoica is by definition incapable of independent thought. Then who put him up to it?

Soviet satellites Bulgaria and Albania immediately accepted the invitation. So...

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