GERMANY: Honey, Soap & Rayon

Just when the West's round-table talks in Germany got going, the East wind blew and ruffled the papers on the table. From the West Germans, the U.S., Britain and France were asking military contributions to European defense. In return, they would take almost all controls off West Germany and give her almost complete sovereignty. Getting down to the specifics of this bargain in Bonn last week, the Big Three found West German attention distracted by East German suggestions that they forget soldiering, and, instead, join up in one big, united, neutral Germany (TIME, Oct. 8).

While the Allied High Commissioners...

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