THE NATIONS: Integration

Everybody was talking integration. In Paris, ECAdministrator Paul Hoffman had urgently warned Western Europe that it must take steps to integrate its separate economies (TIME, Nov. 7). Barely had Hoffman returned to the U.S., when Secretary of State Dean Acheson took off for Paris. For two days this week he would confer with Britain's Ernest Bevin and France's Robert Schuman on various problems of Western policy, including dismantling of German industries. But Washington let it be known that the matter of Western European unity was uppermost in the Secretary's mind.

A little bewildered by the fervor with which the U.S. demanded...

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