Konrad Adenauer's office in Bonn's Schaumburg palace was festive with lilacs last week. The old Chancellor himself, his craggy face and steady hands still brown from his Swiss vacation, looked fit and relaxed in a grey flannel suit as he discussed the problems of his country and his continent with TIME Correspondent James Bell.

ON NATO (with animation) : "The political development of NATO is essential. It is nonsense to believe one can have a common military policy without also having a common basic foreign policy. But no steps have been taken...

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