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March 22, 1961

MESSAGE BY MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS AND SECURITY (DGAP), 'AMERICAN ATTITUDE TOWARD NATO - GERMAN OPINIONS'

This document was made possible with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Istituto Luigi Sturzo

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    Letter expressing Germany’s opinion that the defense of Europe is impossible without using nuclear weapons as an intimidation tactic and horror at the United States’ suggestion that Europe can defend itself with conventional weapons alone. Defense of Germany should be NATO’s top priority because if Germany falls, the rest of Europe falls. The letter also references NATO’s difficulty in developing a cohesive strategy because each country is too concerned with protecting its own territories and assets.
    "Message by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security (DGAP), 'American attitude toward NATO - German opinions'," March 22, 1961, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Istituto Luigi Sturzo, Archivio Giulio Andreotti, NATO Series, Box 160, Subseries 1, Folder 013. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/155279
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