Foreign Relations: We Are Ready

Amid the ups and downs of the Berlin crisis, relationships between Bonn and Washington became flawed. U.S. talk about the need for Berlin negotiations led Adenauer to fear that President Kennedy was prepared to make concessions at German expense. Washington was irked by Bonn's unwillingness to get down to discussions, and by West German demands for nuclear arms. To make matters worse, Kennedy and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer had never achieved any particular personal understanding. On a visit to Washington last April, the Chancellor appeared unsure of the new President, talked largely in guarded generalities about U.S.-German problems. But last week,...

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