Common Market: Crisis Point

Europe's Common Market lives on crisis. Each sign of a major disagreement lures teams of journalists to Brussels, often to pronounce that the market is dying or dead. The Six's troubles turn a fancy profit for the telegraph companies, the hotels and the nightclubs. Even the Eurocrats find the disputes tolerable because they create headlines, drama, personal attention and, most important of all, the pressures that ultimately produce agreement In the market's six-year history, every big fight over prices or procedures has led to urgent bargaining marathons that eventually welded the Six closer together. Last week the familiar,...

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