Shift in Western Policy Suggested by Acheson

The Victoria Advocate, October 5, 1959

Updated: December 06, 2012

This AP article appeared in the Texas newspaper The Victoria Advocate the day after the end of the first biennial German-American Conference held by the American Council on Germany and the Atlantik-Brücke in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany. Dean Acheson, who had served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1949-1953, was one of many prominent attendees from the worlds of politics, media and business. The goal of this and later conferences was to encourage German-American elite networking and to provide a forum for strengthening transatlantic ties.

"Dean Acheson proposed Sunday a dramatic shift in Western policy to pull Western Europe and North America together into a unified front on all political, economic and military issues. The Acheson plan won immediate support from American and West German officials winding up a four-day conference on East-West tensions. The conference, arranged by the American Council on Germany and the Atlantic Bridge Organization, brought together such high-ranking personalities as West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Acheson, as well as leading figures from both countries."

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“Shift in Western Policy Suggested by Acheson.” The Victoria Advocate, Oct. 5, 1959, pp. 1, 10.

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