European Security

October 19, 1955

Report Outline
Forthcoming Test of Spirit of Geneva
Regional Security and Non-Aggression Pacts
Security, Disarmament and German Unity

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 to reach agreements on basic issues that divide East and West, and thus bring the cold war to an end, hut western capitals now look for no more than a start in that direction. Everything depends upon the persistence with which the Russians hold to ultimate objectives they have not ceased to proclaim.

Secretary of State Dulles confesses that he does not know the real meaning the Soviet Union's apparent change of attitude toward the West. “We cannot tell whether what is now going on marks a genuine change of purpose or whether it is merely a maneuver. We have to have plans that fit either contingency.”

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Apr. 19, 1985  German Reconciliation
Feb. 25, 1983  West Germany's ‘Missile’ Election
Jan. 14, 1970  German Reconciliation
Jan. 29, 1969  West German Prosperity
Mar. 30, 1966  German Border Question and Reunification
Aug. 18, 1965  West German Election, 1965
Feb. 24, 1965  War Guilt Expiation
Jul. 01, 1964  German Question
Sep. 01, 1961  Captive East Germany
Aug. 23, 1961  West German Election, 1961
May 04, 1960  Berlin Question
Dec. 24, 1958  Berlin Crisis and German Reunification
Aug. 21, 1957  German Election, 1957
Oct. 19, 1955  European Security
Jun. 15, 1955  Germany and the Balance of Power
Oct. 19, 1954  German Rearmament
Jan. 19, 1954  West German Recovery
Mar. 12, 1953  Harassed Berlin
Apr. 26, 1950  German Problem
Feb. 18, 1948  Rehabilitation of the Ruhr
Oct. 23, 1946  Future of Germany
Nov. 25, 1944  Transfers of Populations
Nov. 01, 1940  Economic Controls in Nazi Germany
Mar. 09, 1939  Foreign Trade in German Economy
Apr. 02, 1936  Germany's Post-War European Relations
Nov. 02, 1934  The Coming Saab Plebiscite
Apr. 23, 1931  The Austro-German Customs Union Project
Feb. 05, 1929  The Rhineland Problem
Nov. 07, 1924  German National Elections December, 1924
Apr. 30, 1924  The German National Elections
Alliances and Security Agreements
International Law and Agreements
Regional Political Affairs: Europe