EUROPE: Hands Across the Rhine

At the Elysee Palace ten years ago last week, General Charles de Gaulle embraced a deeply moved Konrad Adenauer, signaling the end to almost a century of Franco-German hostility and the birth of a treaty of friendship and cooperation. Since then, the treaty has proved to be the cornerstone of genuine trans-Rhenish reconciliation.

Last week Willy Brandt and Georges Pompidou met in Paris to congratulate each other on the tenth anniversary of the treaty. There were champagne toasts, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe and an exchange of kind words,...

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