In Washington last week Secretary of State Christian Herter won headlines by saying that Nikita Khrushchev was hardening his stand on West Berlin. But so, too, though Herter failed to mention it, was West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

Adenauer has become increasingly resentful of what he considers U.S. and British indifference to persistent Soviet attempts to persuade the world that the Berlin question is the only obstacle to East-West harmony. Bitterly, Adenauer points out that, while Khrushchev preaches "relaxation of tensions" everywhere else, he loses no opportunity to vilify West Germany. In their latest exchange of notes, Khrushchev compared Adenauer...

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