German Rearmament

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Western Unity and Germany's Defense Role

Success of the nine-power conference at London three O weeks ago, following close on the grave setback to North Atlantic defense planning administered by French rejection of the European Defense Community treaty, put an entirely new face on the prospects for final composure of differences on German rearmament. Although the London agreements-in-principle did not bridge completely the gap left in the defense structure by demise of the E.D.C. project, they marked the reassuring beginning of a fresh collective effort to achieve West European unity and security.

The general principles laid down at London between Sept. 28 and Oct. 3 established a new framework within which the German Federal Republic is expected to assume, by stages, a vital role in development ...

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