December 13, 1947 - "It's Beginning To Look Like A Cold War Christmas".

Smiles for the camera - otherwise, knives. December 13, 1947 and news from Europe on this day had everything to do with the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in London. The Soviet Union were busy being less than enthusiastic, particularly with

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December 13, 1947 and news from Europe on this day had everything to do with the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in London. The Soviet Union were busy being less than enthusiastic, particularly with regards to reparations from Germany. There were also reactions to the implementation of the Marshall Plan, which the Soviets weren't too wild about either.

Basically, the meeting of the Big Four former Allies was giving every indication of where the Cold War was heading. And this was prelude for a long and bumpy ride.

Other news, via this NBC Report From Europe, focused on the upcoming Christmas season and the state of British economy during the holiday. Austerity was the watchword and, even though there was a scarcity of just about everything, and of those things prices were soaring, Christmas in 1947 was getting better than it was during the War years and the post-War period.

And that's how it looked in Europe, this December 13th, 1947.

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