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May 21, 1974

Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 9

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New Political Leadership— More Realistic— to Take Over in Europe Bv NBA-London Economist News Service lesspr frv arp nmu cnnnnr-t^^ . -*• • • ••"•" it..!..... M. By NEA-London Economist Newsservice Economist Commentary The chairs in Europe look empty. Britain's Heath went in March. France's Pompidou died in April. Now in May it is Willy Brandt, once Europe's only permanent political landmark, who is gone. So, in a period of two months since the British election, the poverty of leadership that was already so evident in Western Europe last year has been translated into an actual physical gap. Germany has lost its federal chancellor, France its president. The governments of Europe's lesser fry are now supported only by minorities or shaky coalitions. There is a useful side to all this. The men who have now departed in Europe were not, Brandt least of all. as successful as their reputations made them seem. The men who may follow them look a good deal nearer to being what Europe actually needs. But it would be idle to disguise the great dangers of the present pass. It is no longer a fantasy to imagine a "good" coup in Portugal being followed by a "bad" one in Italy. The politics of both France Iowa Bookshelf Edited By Mary Ann Riley the Irish question is one ELEANOR ROOSEVELT which will never be solved, as HER DAY* A PERSONAL the average citizen is whip- ALBUM. By A. David Gurewitsch, M.D. (Quadrangle, $3.95 paperback) It's been eleven years since sawed by the forces of extremism and violence. Passing under the guise of a journalist, a front which is peculiarly ineffective, the Eleanor Roosevelt died, so agent is buffeted by various this invites another generation to look at this remarkable woman. Dr. Irish factions, and at the last minute is able to confront his employer and achieve a Gurewitsch became Mrs. peaceful solution to the pen- Roosevelt's personal ding conflict. physician when she moved to .The plot is ingenious, and and Germany may deteriorate further under new leaders who lack the authority to paper over thp rrarks which exist beneath them (President. Pompidou and Chancellor Brandt, whatever else they were not, were master paperers-over). A snap election in Britain that brought Harold Wilson a majority might quickly make him the most solidly backed leader in Europe. Indeed, that might yet provide the best way for Britain to win new Common .Market terms which would at last take the issue of Europe out of British party politics^But Wilson will just as probably feel that he. too, cannot yet face such a test. And watching all these weaknesses in the Western alliance are the Russians. Were Russia faced today by a delemma such as Czechoslovakia presented it with in 1968 it would not need to hesitate for as long as it did then. That is the danger of the empty or half empty chairs in Europe and America. Those chairs have not been emptied just by misconduct, death or mischance. The self-confi-dence of all the departed leaders was being gnawed away, long before they went, by a baffling eruption of economic dismay. Inflation and stagflation have spread in cyclical ripples ever since Robert McNamara pushed American spending in 1964-66 above what even that magnificient economy, in the middle of a consumer and welfare boom, could sustain. It is precisely because things look so bad that a clean slate at the top of French and German politics is a risk that has to be welcomed. To bury (politically) and to mourn Brandt is not to praise him. He had become, as his eye lately lost its luster, the chief purveyor of what Europe needed least. He purveyed rhetoric about Europe's future when urgent action was needed at the meanest and most detailed level. Much the same can be said of Europe's other two vanished titans. Heath and Pompidou. Men do not replace policies. But a decisive part in resolving the West's difficulties now rests on the men who will be taking over in Times Herald, Carroll, la. A Tuesday, May 21,1974 V Germany and France. Helmut Schmidt, who seems certain to take over from Brandt in West Germany, is the most important of these. He has been using hisj:onstitutional place as finance minister to make himself Germany's foreign minister as well. And by capitalizing on Europe's internal troubles he was succeeded not only im promoting his own influence but Germany's as well. By the time France had left the EEC's internal currency scheme in January, Schmidt had become the arbiter of the EEC's internal affairs. This could never have been said of Brandt. His Ostpolitik gave him the start of the majestic world, as Cassius might have said. But the feeble temper of his last months left him bearing the palm alone of a wishy-washy version of European integration. Schmidt, as finance minister of the country that controls half of Europe's foreign exchange reserves and dominates its industrial economy, has been anything but wishy-washy. Although little younger than Brandt, Schmidt represents the first generation in German foreign policy that has no hang- ups about the years 1933-45 (as a youth he was in the thick of them). Schmidt has not lost the rough edges of his Hamburg years. His whole drift is against the expensive inefficiencies of the EEC, and he is hard-nosed about giving cheap economic aid to the communist East. Chance may now put one of his closest acquaintances into the Elysee within days of his becoming chancellor. To witness the developing mutual admiration over two horrible years between Schmidt and Valery Giscard d'Estaing has been one of the few pleasures in modern EEC life. Both men represent a break with an increasingly tattered past, without yet giving any clear view of what they would put in its place. Giscard d'Estaing has consistently been the most open-minded of French ministers in thestraitjacketof French foreign policy making. New York after the President's death. For the next 16 years he the characterization of the leaders of the extremist factions are believable, and ac- was her friend and traveling cordingly this novel is recom- companion with camera in hand. While perhaps the photography of this picture story is not truly professional, it makes up for it because of the warm personal feeling between two friends. Gurewitsch not only snaps Mrs. Roosevelt sunbathing on her lawn and presiding over family Christmas dinners but in company with world leaders. The book also includes a copy of the historic document Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dr. William Korey in the introduction writes of Mrs. Rossevelt's vital role in leading the United Nations General Assembly to adopt what U Thant called the "Magna Carta of Mankind". In the 25 years that have passed since it's adoption the Declaration has been a final arbiter in much of the Legislative work of the United Nations. It stands as a living memorial to Eleanor Roosevelt, a champion of human rights. — Janet Parker -0- IN CONNECTION WITH KILSHAW. By Peter Driscoll. (Lippincott, $7.95) This suspense novel deals with the attempt by British Intelligence to eliminate a leader of the Protestant extremist group, and the agent who is given this mission gradually realizes that he is the intended victim of a conspiracy which includes his own superiors. If the hatreds which are the background of this novel can be believed. mended as one of the best in the field of intrigue and suspense, and this reviewer is glad to add that it avoids any- undue love interest or partisanship in the Irish controversy. — R. Choate. -0- WAITING OUT A WAR, THE EXILE OF PRIVATE JOHN PICCIANO. (Coward, McCann and Geoj[hej!an, Inc., $6.95) John Picciano was the product of a common background, yet he became one of the first wave of army- inductees to desert during the Viet Nam war. This book details his conflicts and difficulties in reaching this decision, fleeing to Canada, and eventually settling in Sweden. His experiences demonstrate that it is not easy to leave family, country, culture, and language for a principle. The life of an exile has few lasting pleasures or promises. The presentation of John Picciano's experiences are told through the frequently dispassionate eyes of a reporter, which is Franks' profession, consequently, the book generally lacks the psychological insight, compassion, and emotional sensitivity which the subject demands. This book reading for debates, but major work is important the amnesty it is not the in this area; however, it is interesting and informative. — Maurice LaBelle. PAINT SALE *************************** The Price is Right! • LATEX HOUSE PAINT For Wood Siding & Trim, Masonry & Brick LATEX FLOOR PAINT Interior/Exterior Surfaces of Concrete & Wood urcxi UVEX F»- C Choose either of these in 2 gallon or more lots. Reg. $8.75 gal. \ ~ PAINTS JOE'S PAINT CENTER West of Court House Carroll spurqeons SWIMSIJIT PRICES TAKE A SOAKING bOFF Reg. 9.99 8 THIS WEEK ONLY 50 1A20 Reg. 11.99 10 Reg. 12.99 $' 11 Everybody into the pool on Memorial Day weekend— choose your summer swim wardrobe right now at big savings! Hundreds to choose from—bikinis, tank suits, boy suits, sunsuits, swimdresses! Sizes 5 to 15 and 8 to 18—hurry for best choice! SOAK UP SAVINGS WITH A SPURGEON CHARGE! MAUT CUtTOMI* Whafc remains to be seen is how these two finance ministers turn into two heads of government. The immediate test in foreign policy will be the future of'the European Economic Community itself. Does Germany reckon to use its economic power and its place as the hinge of Europe between East and West in order to go it alone? Or will it use its" power and wealth to pay for policies in the EEC in order to insist on the measure of political integration that it has never yet received in return? Thus far in his career Schmidt has shown every inclination of preferring a Germany free of any further financial load or political ambition in the EEC. For Britain, under a Labor government still torn in its view of Europe, the arrival of Schmidt and on balance of Giscard d'Estaing can only be good. Francois Mitterrand would be more welcome, certainly, than was President Pompidou. But Mitterrand is still not the sort of socialist, more Gaullist than a Gaullist in his foreign policy and his attitude to the pr esent purity of the EEC, that, any British government woul d ideally like to see in power in Paris. Brandt may have been a finer advertisement for a socialist Eunope. But his actual views of it were those vague and damgerous ones which the new British government hat j most come to detest. Under Schmi dt Atlanticism, practicality, ujgliness, are the order of the d ay. Visions and rhetoric are 01 it. There is a snag. In preparing to confront a different community from that of which it now finds itself a membe'r, the Labor government has hitched itself in advance to negotiating a lower E;EC budget contribution . It is the issue on which former finance ministers heading Europe's two major governments are least likely to give. 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