When Spain's Francisco Franco set out for hot, dry Ciudad Rodrigo last week to meet with Portuguese Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, a rustle of speculation swept through Madrid. What, asked the wags, could bring the dictators out of their palaces in weather like this?

The answer, it soon appeared, was an urgent need for stocktaking, such as was taking place all over Western Europe last week as the result of the passage of the Euratom and Common Market treaties by the French National Assembly.

For Franco and Salazar, as for Britain and Scandinavia, the problem was whether they could afford...

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