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Swiss Observer (SO) - 30 OCT 1940 - Anglais
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Ladies and Gentlemen,J O vvJ
The series of sensational risits which
we commented last week has been followed, or rather crowned,
by three further risits. These were momentous because, within
a few days, Chancellor Hitler first met General Franco, then
Marshal Pétain and, to end-up with, Signor Mussolini himself.
This great diplomatic activity has quickly been followed,
or rather accompanied, by nevr action in the military field.
Because she refused to be intimidated like Austria,—Czechoslovakia,
Denmark «id R'uMMJlla, Greece has now "been drawn into
the war like Poland, France j¿*d Great-Britain, Norway, Holland
and Belgium. The British Empire remaining alone in the field,
helped only by some Refugee-Governments and small contingents
of former allied armies, the Axis-Powers believed in a rapid
victory. But ¿5Ë& their hammering with superior forces against
Britain and her vital outposts boing iifi *rai i ew ways and
means had to be explored in order to give their victories a
Hence all those visits between statesmen and
all these meetings between Dictators. The British Isles
remaining firm, the cutting of their communications became
of vital importance to the Axis. But of the still rfutral or
non-belligerant countries, Spain, Greece and Turkey are standing
in the way. They have, therefore, to be removed by persuat
sion or by force. It looks as if persuasion were having the
desired effect in Spain, but in the case of this great Power
a careful handling of the situation imposes itself. With a
small and comparatively weak country like Greece, -a» such
restraintAseemtjlAnecessary, and UBV UlVäblun hau, ük»rifax,e,
pWtiijj Ll'y beemi'C'gl'd.ed. Apart from the strategic advantages
ffrgrfîfrj expected, á" clearing of the situation as regards Turkey,
Greece's neighbour and ally] -pç àlso being- obtained» 0% ~AlJt*,
same order of ideas enter the sudden developments as regards
Prance. The very rovisorical arrangements made with her at the
time of the Afmistice and in view of a rapid settlement with
Britain, can not be prolonged indefinitely. The Axis is profiting
by the growing estrangement between the Vichy-Government
and Great-Britain, France is profiting by Germany's failure
to beat England as quickly as she expected, and both are profiting
by the fear of internal complications on the threshold
of winter. In order to have her hands free in Western Europe,
Germany seems ready to treat France leniently and Marshal
Pétain thus hopes to help his country. The whole business
is clothed in the garb of European-Reconstruction.
pity, that this much proclaimed New Order of Things in Europe
is accompanied by still further outbreaks of war and overshadowed
by fundamental contradictions.. pX~the""¡,«M»-»""ôf"thV'new
statesmen will hardly cuefí;Wé to build a solid bridge between
Franco's Spain in the Wfflf&and Soviet Russia in the East of
October 29-30th 1940.
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