JMAS-161 David Bruce's diary entries - March 1954Documents from 01 March 1954 to 31 March 1954
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Remarks on: Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's attempts to arrange meeting with Georges Bidault, French delaying,- talk with Maurice Schumann, Bruce feels Bidault and Joseph Laniel are attempting to evade difficult decision to bring EDC to vote,- efforts to get UK to incorporate division into European army to aid EDC,- Marshall Juin's, SHAPE Commander, attacks on EDC,- his statement that if France continued to postpone action US would publically make preparations for "agonising reappraisal"
Schumann's proposal for Saar settlement, Bruce feels it is unacceptable to Germans because of extra conditions | meeting between Adenauer and Bidault, main issue is the economic provisions, Bruce feels France will have to moderate its position,- Bidault's statement that he would have to reach agreement with Guy Mollet and Socialists before commencing with EDC debate, but Mollet found to be in agreement on terms for Treaty, so Government delaying | ratification by Belgian Senate of EDC by majority vote,- discussions with Jean Monnet on pricing power of High Authority and investment loan,- talk with Jim Conant, US Ambassador in Bonn regarding French attempt to have Allied High Commission take an undesirable stand against the final procedures essential to ratification by Germany of EDC,- Laniel's attempts to delay debates further, opponents talking of American pressure,- telegram from Bruce and Conant seeking Dulles' direct intervention because the situation is bad, as France want signature protocol from Konrad Adenauer, Germans are bitter
agreement between Mollet and Bidault on direct election of EDC and ECSC Common Assembly,- secret memo on future orientation of Germany into West, need for United Front and continuted pressure by US and UK on France.
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