DIPLOMACY: Helsinki: Coming Down to Earth

Rarely in Europe's history had so many Foreign Ministers gathered in a single spot. They came to Helsinki last week from Moscow and Washington, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican−35 nations in all. The tantalizing goal that drew them was the molding of a new era of peace for Europe: a chance to knit the current East-West detente into a lasting fabric.

With the ground carefully paved by 199 days of preliminary talks (TIME, July 9), it was easy to hope that little could go wrong in the opening of the Conference on Security...

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