Common Market: The Line Forms

When the six charter members of the Common Market opened up the Treaty of Rome five years ago and invited fellow European nations to participate, they were snubbed. "We really didn't expect anybody else to want to join," said one of the original negotiators. "We were tired, and it was a rainy night, so we just sat down and slapped something on paper." But so staggering has the success of the Common Market been that these provisions for membership are now required reading in the capitals of every nonmember nation in Europe.

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