The bold proposal by France's Robert Schuman to pool French and German coal & steel industries (TIME, May 22) produced a burst of hope and revived, with a fresh urgency, the ideal of Western Europe's integration. But as the West set about examining the Schuman idea a little more closely, it also made a lot of people extremely nervous.

Most nervous were the British. Last week, after much tentative toe-dipping, Britain finally took a plunge and decided to join the new payments union of the European Marshall Plan countries; but Britain still held aloof from the Schuman Plan (see...

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