EUROPE: Where Are the Elephants?

Watching for the coining of a united Europe is like watching for the elephants in a circus parade. First come the outriders, colored floats, steam calliopes and drum majors, tossing their batons. With each new sight, the kids shout "Here they come!" But still no elephants.

Since war's end, European unity has again & again been loudly heralded: there was Western Union, the Benelux union, the Council of Europe, finally the European Defense Community (not yet ratified by the parliaments of the member nations). Last week brought another hopeful attempt, this time by the Schuman Plan countries (France, Belgium,...

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