OPINION

July 1, 1954

PAPAGOS IN WEST GERMANY: Bonn, 30 – The capital of West Germany gave not only a formal welcome to a visiting foreign official (Greek Prime Minister Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos), but the warmth evident in contacts between Greek and German officials was also prevalent in the German press and among the German people. The time when the victorious field marshal of the Greek-Italian war was taken as a prisoner to concentration camps seems long gone, as the official press release of the federal German government recalled today, as Germany welcomed the leader of a friendly nation, allies in the battle against Red imperialism. COURSE TOWARD EUROPE: The Greek prime minister attended an official dinner in Bonn this evening during which Chancellor Konrad Adenauer made the following toast: «(…) The Greek nation and government, but above all yourself, Field Marshal, have long shown great understanding for the idea of European Community.» CONFIRMATION: Shortly before leaving for Bonn, Foreign Minister Mr Stephanos Stephanopoulos told Reuters that for the time being there was no prospect of a specific political link between Greece and West Germany.