Europe: To NATO's Brink

On the surface it looked like a case of megalomania aggravated by logic.

The megalomania seemed to be De Gaulle's, determined as he was to be the leader of Europe and apparently ready to wreck both the Common Market and NATO if they stood in his way.

The logic was provided by his Foreign Minister, Maurice Couve de Murville, who was full of brilliant French arguments about how a true partnership between the U.S. and France required two entirely separate policies. On closer examination, however, the megalomania was perhaps not quite so maniacal and the logic not quite so logical.

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