Europe: Unity by Small Steps

Western Europe last week took a small but important step toward the glittering goal of political unity. At a conference in London, European foreign ministers learned that West Germany and Italy had abruptly dropped their insistence on a sweeping, supranational United States of Europe, were now busily lobbying for a less ambitious but more immediately achievable objective: a confederation of separate, sovereign states with a common council to coordinate national policies. Even long-reluctant Britain assured the continental nations that it. too. is now "wholeheartedly" committed to a politically united Europe.

What European leaders now envisage, with important reservations, is...

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