ECONOMICS: Schuman Plan Drafted

In Paris this week, the representatives of six Western European nations (France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) met to put their initials on a document that embodied a great hope. It was the draft treaty for the Schuman Plan, finished after nine months of negotiations that often seemed hopeless.

The draft must still be approved by the member nations' parliaments, where it faces some stiff opposition.But this week's agreement was a huge step forward. As the plan's godfather, Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, looked on happily, the plan's real father, French Economic Planner Jean Monnet, listed its potential achievements:


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