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America - Europe

A Transatlantic Diary 1961 - 1989

Klaus Lanzinger

South Bend, April 4, 1974

A Quiet Jubilee

The silver jubilee of NATO, the twenty-fifth anniversary of its foundation, almost passed by unnoticed. Founded on April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has well fulfilled its function as a deterrent. But the cohesion, which should have brought the West together to a unity, did not happen. How long will the great alliance continue to exist?

South Bend, April 7, 1974

Summit at the Funeral

What diplomatic efforts recently could not achieve was accomplished by the death of the French President George Pompidou. Following the solemn requiem in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the heads of state from East and West came together for a summit meeting. Richard Nixon met with Nikolai Podgorny, and then with the heads of government of the Common Market countries. The desire for a policy of reconciliation and détente has never been so strong. Nixon’s conciliatory attitude before this world forum did not miss its effect. There came word from Paris that in the present world situation he would be needed and that the foreign leaders would dislike seeing him leave office. Thus, Nixon received unexpected help from abroad.

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