French Moves for European Realignment
The nations of europe—aligned into hostile East-West blocs since World War II—are moving to soften the edges of the divisions between them. A crisis of sorts hit the North Atlantic Treaty Organization earlier this year when President Charles de Gaulle of France launched his long-expected effort to end Nato's integrated military command structure. De Gaulle and many European—and American—leaders believe that the Western alliance must adapt itself to the reduced military threat from the Soviet Union as well as to the vast changes in Western Europe's economic and political status. In Eastern Europe, the nationalist leader of Communist Rumania—Nicolae Ceausescu—is indulging in a somewhat similar attack on the Warsaw Pact, the military alliance of the Soviet Union and its small ...