Common Market: Seeds of Agreement

Outside, the Brussels streets were enlivened by gay Christmas lighting and the trudge of desperate last-minute shoppers. Inside, just as desperate, 20 Cabinet ministers from six nations gathered in the boxy Palais des Congrès to try to reach agreement on Common Market farm policies and prices by year's end—or face the threat of Charles de Gaulle to break up the Market. So intricate did their discussions become that the question was who needed the most blackboards to diagram his proposals. At week's end delegates seemed satisfied that important progress had been made....

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