Great Britain: The Hard Decision

To join the Common Market or not? The agonizing question followed Prime Minister Harold Macmillan everywhere, even up to Cambridge, where at his side to receive an honorary degree was the original Mr. Europe himself, Jean Monnet (see cut), first head of Europe's Coal and Steel Community, forerunner of the Common Market.

As if dancing a stately minuet, Macmillan seemed to advance toward Europe one minute, then twirl and step backward the next. Was he being too cautious? "Forever Amber," sniffed the Liberal Party's peppery Lady Violet Bonham Carter, echoing the growing criticism...

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