International: Three-Twentieths of the Way

The leading nations of Western Europe cracked a historical nut last week by agreeing to set up a "Council of Europe." The Council is far from, the goal of federation in which the nations would actually yield up some of their sovereignty to a central body. Yet it is a start.

In the beginning, Britain, France and the three Benelux nations will compose the Council. Others will be invited to join. The Council will consist of government ministers meeting in secret and a "consultative body" meeting in public. The body of ministers will control the agenda of the lower deliberative chamber,...

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