28 MARCH 1931, Page 2

Germany and Austria We have dealt in a leading article

with the proposal of the German and Austrian Governments for a Zollverein. Mr. Henderson, without committing the opinion of Great Britain as to the legality of such a union, has advised the two Governments that the agreement should be submitted for discussion by the Council of the League. Although the German and Austrian Governments both object to this course, and prefer to confine the discussion to the juridical aspects of the agreement, this attitude on the part of Great Britain is said to be regarded by both German and French diplomatists as a" negative victory." It appears to us to be duly in accordance with the relevant Articles in the Treaties of Versailles and St. Germain.