New East-West Maneuvering in Europe
Germany and Moves for European Settlement
Preparations for the Big Four heads-of-government parley to open at Geneva on July 18 were momentarily jolted, June 7, when Russia unexpectedly invited West German Chancellor Adenauer to Moscow to discuss establishment of diplomatic, trade, and cultural relations, The Kremlin's bid for “normalization of relations between the Soviet Union and the German Federal Republic” emphasized the key position of Germany in present maneuvering for a new European settlement. It tended also to support the assumption, current since Moscow made up its mind to break the long stalemate over an Austrian treaty, that Russia was seeking to fashion a buffer belt of neutral states across Europe from north to south. A neutral Germany would close a ...