BERLIN: The Creep of Crisis

At times, British statesmen, like British mountaineers, seem driven to climb the summit for no better reason than because it's there. This thought struck Germany's Chancellor Adenauer last week as Prime Minister Macmillan, fresh from leading the U.N. Assembly battle against a rampageous Nikita Khrushchev, briskly informed Britain's Tories: "We must try to get back to the mood of last spring. Negotiations on Berlin and Germany must be resumed."

Harold Macmillan's airy pronouncement shocked Adenauer and strained their new-found friendship. Caught up in defense-policy differences with his European partner De Gaulle and cut off from Washington by U.S. campaign-time preoccupations, der...

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