OPINION

February 5, 1960

FRANCE: Paris, 3 – The Senate has approved by 226 votes to 39 the bill on emergency powers without making any amendments, thereby finalizing the process without any further recourse to the National Assembly. In both Houses, the extreme right and the communists voted against the bill. It is considered certain that radical changes will be introduced to the administration. It is said that President Charles de Gaulle is determined to clarify the situation in Algeria as soon as possible, so as to rule out any further disobedience toward the central government in Paris. BERLIN PROBLEM: Washington, 3 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower made two announcements during his weekly press conference at the White House. He declared himself in favor of a more flexible application of the McMahon Act [the Atomic Energy Act of 1946] so that the USA can give its allies information on atomic energy which has up to now been considered confidential but which is fully known to the Soviet Union. He warned Moscow that the consequences would be very serious if it tried to cut West Berlin off from the West and to annex it to East Germany.