Saar Agreement

The status to which Mends-France and Adenauer France and West Germany adopted, on 23rd the Committee on Energy, Energy and Energy. In an attached letter, the French control of Vulklingen and Neunkirchen and some former German banks was abolished before the referendum for which the status was intended. The receiver De Neunkirchen was not lifted until the week before the referendum. However, he had been treated six months earlier, when the French and West German governments had made an appointment to buy the R-chlings for 200,000,000 francs; It was indicative of the state of public sentiment in Saarland until April 1955 that this agreement was not well received by the grumbling that “it should be ours”. [iv] The new economic agreement between France and Saarland, negotiated in accordance with the first part of Article 12 of the Statute and signed immediately after the agreement of Vulklingen on 3 May, was welcomed by the pro-German public as an exclusion of the possibility of equal participation of the Federal Republic of Germany in Saarland. Indeed, as nothing was done beyond the appointment of a Commission to control the vote, it seemed that the W.E.U. felt no concern about this. In 1935, the League supported its dying prestige with military contingents from four member countries, but in 1955, the W.E.U. had hidden only a few NATO troops in the background, troops that no one believed existed. Gossip spoke only of the French troops in Lorraine – a boomerang, because nothing would have served pro-German propaganda better than his appearance.

Even as an arbitrator, the W.E.U. Commission of Saarland had no effect: voters were less afraid than in 1935, when Adenauer`s Germany was different from Hitler, but no more than that. Senator Dehousse should have explained the status at the beginning of the election campaign, and again and again, and not just on the eve of the election. He and his Commission should never have allowed those who supported the status of the UAE to be stigmatized as separatists, a word that amounts to the traitor in the German spirit. At least once, at the end of a pro-German speech devoted exclusively to the abuses of the French, Senator Dehousse felt compelled to shake the speaker`s hand, perhaps for some unknown reason. But what contradiction should the Belgian representative of a Western European Union, of which France and West Germany belong, be the denigration of the French by a Sarland orator, surrounded by the emblems of West Germany! The French have always said that they can only participate in the Coal and Steel Community in the economic union with Saarland, without fear of being overwhelmed by Germany.