Western Europe: Community in Disarray

The European Coal and Steel Community, the first of the grand international enterprises undertaken by Western Europe after World War II, formed the nucleus of the Common Market, and ever since has been considered a model for economic development. The Community promoted steel and coal production, cut tariffs, achieved fair pricing, and took much of the malice out of Franco-German industrial rivalry. Now, however, just when it should be congratulating itself on its long-term success, the Community seems to be falling into disarray.

The organization's very reason for existence is to solve coal and steel problems for Western Europe as...

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