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45 Broadly speaking, from a low point in 1957, the Conservative Party's popularity grew and Macmillan benefited, strengthening himself within the party to the point where he was virtually unassailable. Butler was given the Home Office and at the Foreign Office he retained Selwyn Lloyd, apparently to avoid too great a political 'blood-letting' and to ensure that he could, in effect, be his own foreign secretary. 46 The situation was more complex than that however, with Macmillan remarkably making over the prime minister's country house at Chequers to Lloyd (whose wife had left him for a younger man) for more than five years, while he remained at Birch Grove with his wife.

112 Macmillan's problem was to convince his allies that he drew a distinction between recognition of the DDR and abandoning Berlin. For Adenauer, bolstering the East German regime would solidify the division of Germany and undermine his attempts to tie West Germanyfirmlyto the West, as a means towards securing eventual reunification from a position of strength. Britain's public declaratory position of seeking German reunification was constantly undermined by the temptation of probing the East regarding clarification of what sort of security arrangements might prove acceptable to the USSR.

The issue of reunification lay at the heart of the 'German problem' and clearly in asking for the 'real view' Macmillan had no illusions about the matter. 63 Quite apart from reunification there were enough areas of disagreement between the two countries to sour relations. 65 In private it was different. If Macmillan was not sure of the 'real' policy, neither were his predecessors. 66 Lloyd advised him in 1953 that no Western statesman actually wanted to see a united Grermany: Everyone - Dr. Adenauer, the Russians, the Americans, the French and ourselves - feel in our hearts that divided Germany is safer for the time being...

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