POLITICS: Some Cheering, Some Trouble

Widely discounted in advance as mainly a theatrical spectacular, the 35-nation European Security Conference at Helsinki held no great dangers for President Ford. Indeed, he nimbly and confidently stepped through all of the required public paces and signed the Helsinki declaration (see THE WORLD) with a warning that "we had better say what we mean and mean what we say or we will have the anger of our citizens to answer." But as he turned homeward this week, with stops in Rumania and Yugoslavia. Ford could count on very few of the personal political gains that customarily follow a presidential...

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