Europe: First, the Shell

In major diplomatic conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, the U.S. last week confronted the new, assertive Europe. At Geneva, the U.S. started to bargain for its future economic relations with the Common Market, which is just five years old and is already the world's biggest trading bloc. At Ottawa, in recognition of its allies' new strength, the U.S. initiated the slow, painful process of sharing with Europe control of NATO's nuclear armory. If neither conference produced dramatic results, both narrowly skirted breakdowns that might have gravely damaged the Atlantic partnership....

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