BENELUX: Goal Reached

Back in 1946, in a historic meeting at The Hague, the leaders of Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg committed their nations to a far-reaching experiment in cooperation and trust among Europe's sovereign states—an economic union that obliterated economic borders to let goods, capital and labor flow as freely as they do across U.S. state lines.

Meeting at The Hague last week, Premiers of the three nations looked back on eleven years' experience of union, and found it good. Lowered trade barriers had not brought ruinous competition for small local industries, but expansion. Trade among the three countries has trebled in...

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