EAST-WEST: The Sudden Danger to Detente in Europe

THE key to any detente in Europe between the Soviet Union and the West is the innovative Ostpolitik pursued by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Until recently, the success of Brandt's flexible policy of accord with the Soviet bloc was virtually taken for granted in the chanceries of Europe. No longer. Today there is a very real danger that more than two years of diplomatic labors could be undone, possibly even drowning Richard Nixon's hoped-for "era of negotiation" in a renewed round of cold war invective. Improbable as it might seem—and to...

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