Europe: To the New Generation

When Harold Macmillan was pleading with Charles de Gaulle last year to let Britain into the Common Market, he spoke of the historical imperative to build a united Europe. "We three old men must make this work," he said. "If we don't, the new generation of politicians and leaders will not succeed, because they have not been through what we have been through." Last week two of the three old men were suddenly only that—old men. West Germany's Konrad Adenauer resigned at 87, after clinging to his office longer than had seemed possible. Macmillan himself gave up the leadership...

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