European Security

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Forthcoming Test of Spirit of Geneva

European security and reunification of Germany are bracketed together as the first and most important topic on the agenda of the Big Four conference of foreign ministers scheduled to open at Geneva on Oct. 27. The foreign ministers have the task of implementing broad directives agreed upon by the heads of government at the Geneva summit meeting in July, At the close of that meeting, President Eisenhower said the follow-through of the foreign ministers would be a decisive test of the true worth of the new “spirit of Geneva.”

The high hopes raised by the summit meeting have been tempered by events of recent weeks. The possibility still exists that the foreign ministers will be able at the second-round conference ...

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