LONDON (Dec. 23)
The United States’ rebuff to Germany has aroused particular approval here among conservatives and radicals alike. The former are beginning to feel that the policy of appeasement may not be quite the best method to deal with Rome and Berlin after all, and Prime Minister Chamberlain’s attitude is bound to be increasingly influenced by the stiffening of British opinion. The strengthened American stand will have to be taken into account by this government also, since cooperation with the United States, according to prevailing views here, remains and must remain the cardinal point of British foreign policy.
The current feeling between Germany and the United States is bound to bring a sharp decrease in their trade, the Daily Express said. “The Germans are attacking Ickes, the United States Secretary of the Interior,” the editorial observed. “Their Embassy in Washington protests against Ickes’ speech attacking the Nazi regime. And the United States rejects the protest. Ickes is quite able to look after himself in these disputes. But plainly it will not be long now before the German trade with the United States is seriously curtailed. These exchanges must inevitably lead to regulation of commerce in the future.”
The News Chronicle reported that the American boycott has hit North German Lloyd line so hard that it will soon withdraw the Bremen from the transatlantic service. The paper said that the liner carried only 36 passengers on its last trip. “Such is the efficiency of the boycott decreed by the Americans after the pogroms,” it added.