WESTERN EUROPE: Within Our Grasp

Whenever men get together to build a united Europe, they must first reckon with that great spoiler of dreams, the French National Assembly. Last week the Assembly debated the bold plan for a Common Market (TIME, Jan. 28) that would give six Western European nations a tariff-free trading area nearly as big as the U.S. Premier Guy Mollet, so optimis tic at first, was shaken and depressed. Former Premier Pierre Mendès-France, playing shrewdly on France's century-old fear of German domination, had belabored the proposal in language and innuendo all but identical to that...

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