Full text: Das Saarland zwischen Frankreich, Deutschland und Europa

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Adenauer und die bundesdeutsche Innenpolitik 
in britischer Analyse 
Im Gegensatz zu der Position von Porter befürwortet der neue Leiter des German 
Political Department im Foreign Office William D. Allen in seiner für Außenmini¬ 
ster Ernest Bevin verfassten Denkschrift eine schärfere Linie gegenüber der Bun¬ 
desrepublik. Aufgrund seiner Besprechungen mit dem deutschen Bundeskanzler be¬ 
fürchtet er eine Instrumentalisierung der heftigen öffentlichen Reaktionen in der 
Bundesrepublik auf die zwischen Frankreich und dem Saarland abgeschlossenen 
Konventionen für eine offensivere Saar-Politik der Bundesregierung. Er empfiehlt 
daher ein abgestuftes Vorgehen gegenüber der Bundesrepublik, das die Gemein¬ 
samkeiten der drei Alliierten in der Deutschlandpolitik betont.'1 
Denkschrift des Leiters der Deutschlandabteilung im britischen 
Außenministerium William D. Allen für Außenminister Ernest Bevin. 
6.3.1950 
National Archives - Foreign Office, FO 371/85063/C 1718/34/18. 
The Saar 
Sir I. Kirkpatrick sent to the Secretary of State at Cairo on the 24th January a 
minute setting out the history of the difficulties that had blown up over this 
question. The main point that emerged from this review was that since the war we 
had given the French Government clear assurances of support for their general plan 
of detaching the Saar from Germany both politically and economically and for 
attaching it economally to France, subject to final settlement by a peace treaty, and 
that this being so we should not be justified in raising any objection of principle to 
the agreements which the French Government were now proposing to conclude 
with the Saar Government. 
The French made known their intention to conclude these agreements last Decem¬ 
ber. There was an outcry in Germany, which reached its peak at the time of M. 
Schuman’s visit to Bonn in January. We made it clear at that time that the French 
Government enjoyed our general support, and the outcry to some extent subsided. 
The French kept us informed throughout of what they were doing and showed us 
the drafts of their proposed agreements before their recent negotiations with the 
Saar Government began. We made certain comments on these drafts, the more im- 
12 Zum Zusammenhang vgl. KERKHOFF, Großbritannien, S. 106 ff; W. SCHUMACHER, Konven¬ 
tionsverhandlungen. Texte der Konventionen bei MENZEL, Gesetzgebung und Abkommen, 
S. 242 ff, und auszugsweise bei R. SCHMIDT, Saarpolitik, Bd. 2, S. 681 ff. 
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