December 1-15, 1952

EUROPE: Paris, 13 – A decision of major importance in the history of postwar Europe was taken today at a session of the Organization for European Economic Cooperation. All the free countries of Europe, with the aim of putting an end to the need for receiving aid from the USA, drew up a program of trade agreements that are based entirely on their own resources. A total of 17 countries, including Greece and the free zone of Trieste, set up their own economic organization and unanimously approved a plan which was characterized by the US delegate, Mr Draper, as marking the dawn of a brilliant, peaceful economic period for Europe. In a report on the economic program of all 17 states, the theory of a Europe that would enjoy complete self-sufficiency by means of strengthening the economic bonds between its member states was expounded. POST-CIVIL WAR: Thessaloniki, 13 – According to a telegram from Kilkis, last night two bandits were ambushed by a patrol south of the Krousia crossroads. A battle ensued in which both bandits were killed. The army and police units are continuing to comb the area. KOUN IN THE USA: On Saturday, Karolos Koun, the founder of the Art Theater and director of the National Theater, came back from a three-month visit to the USA as a guest of the American government. He was particularly enthusiastic about the theater and the entertainment business generally in the USA.

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