Energy: A Step Toward Unity

Formally, the subject was how to deal with the world energy shortage —but the delegates to last week's 13-nation Washington Energy Conference spent little time talking about that. The real subject was U.S.-European relations, and the denouement was straight out of the De Gaulle era: the U.S. got everyone to go along with a common approach except France, which again played the role of odd country out at the cost of a deepening split between itself and its Common Market partners.

President Nixon had invited the nine Market nations, plus Canada, Japan and...

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