Common Market: The Power of Negative Thinking

In Common Market circles, Charles de Gaulle's Non! is a more awesome instrument of policy than the force de frappe. Last week in Brussels, he used it again, precipitating yet another of the virtually twice-yearly crises by which France reminds the Six that some are more equal than others.

As usual, De Gaulle pitted his own paramount need to unload France's high-priced farm surpluses against his partners' abiding desire for progress toward political integration. It was a familiar script, and it had always turned out the same way—France's way. Not this time. When...

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