Foreign News: Muffled Response

Wrote the Berlin Kurier: "To anyone with a feeling for national dignity, it might seem unpleasant to bargain for the Fatherland as for a carpet or a camel in the Orient. But bargaining it must be." Despite such a willing audience, Molotov failed badly in his efforts to appeal to the Germans. The West Germans—even those who thought that by bargaining away EDC they might get a reunited nation—were shocked at Molotov's bland dismissal of free elections as "parliamentary procedure."

In Eastern Germany, the response to Molotov was muffled but apparent. The Communists spared...

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