Common Market: A Triumph for Europe

"Never in the course of our evolution have we taken a decision of such magnitude," beamed Walter Hallstein, the Common Market's usually understated president. "From now on we can only march forward into a European future," exclaimed German Economics Minister Kurt Schmücker. He was stubble-bearded and blanched with fatigue after two marathon bargaining sessions that had lasted 42 hours. "It's a great, great success, a great political event," said the European Economic Community's farm boss, Sicco Mansholt, his voice breaking with emotion. Then, at 5:30 on a foggy morning in Brussels,...