740.5/5–1050: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State, at London


Tosec 157. Personal to the Secretary from Dulles.1 I have just read the text of Schuman’s statement regarding new political authority to unify and administer German-French coal and steel resources. While obviously many details lacking necessary for final judgment, it is my initial impression that the conception is brilliantly creative and could go far to solve the most dangerous problem of our time, namely the relationship of Germany’s industrial power to France and the West. This proposal is along lines which Secretary Marshall and I thought [Page 696] about in Moscow in 1947 but which we did not believe the French would ever accept. [Dulles.]

  1. John Foster Dulles, Consultant to the Secretary of State.