WESTERN EUROPE: Filling the Vacuum

Two flying diplomats went to Europe's rescue last week. Each after his fashion, Britain's Anthony Eden and the U.S.'s John Foster Dulles sought a means of filling the vacuum left by the defeat of EDC.

The initiative came from Eden, who, with one aide and one briefcase, flew to Brussels, Bonn, Rome and Paris. Only in Paris did he run into serious trouble.

Eden bore a clever plan, a characteristically British blend of something old and something new. Part I was a dust-covered document: the 1948 Brussels treaty, in which Britain, France and the Benelux countries agreed, in the event of...

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