Vladimir Putin

Frost, Rex

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The proposal to supplement the present British Cabinet by a Minister from each of the self-governing Dominions. Facing certain facts today which, in their post-Munich form, provide some vision for the future in eastern and south-eastern Europe. A few illustrations of developments in Czecho-Slovakia since Adolf Hitler annexed the Sudeten country into the German Reich. Who the speaker had the opportunity to speak to while recently in Czecho-Slovakia just a few weeks ago and what was said. Thoughts suggested by the train of circumstances which occurred in the Danubian area two weeks ago, and some impressions suggested by the circumstances within Germany itself. Indications of the economic situation in Germany. Price fixation instituted by the Nazis. The lack of the normal laws of supply and demand. A shortage of labour in the Reich and how that has been brought about. Rationalizing economic penetration into Czecho-Slovakia and the Danubian zone by economic and financial stringencies. The consensus of opinion in Europe that the Nazi economy by various ways and means can sustain itself indefinitely. What Hitler's next move might be. The question as to what can be done to stop him. The situation in Poland. What the speaker saw and heard in Warsaw. The Polish placing very scant reliance upon the non-aggression pact with Berlin. Little chance that Hitler can be stopped in the east in the absence of a definite iron clad joint commitment of military action involving Britain, France, Russia and Poland. The Franco-Italian situation: the speaker's impressions after his conversations in and around the British Foreign Office. The speaker's interview with Sir Thomas Inskip, Secretary of State for the Dominions with regard to Britain's air force. Dealing with the question: "Is Europe facing war in the immediate present?" The conclusion that the masonry of peace is weaker in its foundations today than it was at the time of the Munich Agreement. The responsibility to uphold the pillar of confidence in a United Empire.