Western Europe: Gains & Pains of EFTA

The European Free Trade Association has an ill-concealed death wish. Most of EFTA's seven members view their association as a temporary expedient that they would like to do away with—if they could only get into the stronger six-nation Common Market. Last week both organizations held ministerial meetings, the "Inner Six" in Brussels and the "Outer Seven" near Lisbon. Both groups are gloomy these days, the Six because French obstructionism has taken the fire out of the venture, and the Seven because they seem no closer to joining the Six. But it was the Seven who appeared the most determined...

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