Future of Germany

October 23, 1946

Report Outline
German Problem and the Foreign Ministers
Four-Power Rule of Occupied Germany
Future Extent and Structure of Germany

German Problem and the Foreign Ministers

Before the Council of Foreign Ministers winds up the meeting it is scheduled to open in New York on Nov. 4, it will decide the time and place for a future meeting to take up the long-delayed question of a peace settlement with Germany. There is still no German government to sign a peace treaty, and the end of the Allied occupation is not in sight. However, failure to settle such questions as the future frontiers of the country, the form of the new German state, and the obligations it will be required to assume is complicating the task of the occupying authorities and retarding the recovery of Europe in general. Settlement of the German problem, it is generally agreed, is a necessary prerequisite to solution of numerous other European problems.

Byrnes' Plea for Early German Settlement

Secretary of State Byrnes outlined American policy toward Germany in an address at Stuttgart on Sept. 6, 1946.

More than a year has passed since hostilities ceased [he said]. The millions of German people should not be forced to live in doubt as to their fate. It is the view of the American government that the Allies should, without delay, make clear to the German people the essential terms of the peace settlement which they expect the German people to accept and observe. It is our view that the German people should now be permitted and helped to make the necessary preparations for setting up of a democratic German government which can accept and observe these terms.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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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
International Law and Agreements
Regional Political Affairs: Europe
U.S. at War: World War II