WESTERN EUROPE: The Ticking Package

At first nobody noticed that the package ticked. But by last week, Russia's offer of a German peace treaty, and promise of an armed, unified, unoccupied, "independent" Germany (TIME, March 24) was on every European's mind. It set off these new stirrings:

Socialists: Sent British Labor's Hugh Dalton, once Chancellor of the Exchequer, scurrying to Paris to agree with French Socialists that Russia's offer ought to be considered, and that German rearmament in the West's defense must not happen. Then they decided to meet with German Socialists who feel the same way....

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