Europe: Off the Touchline

After years of hesitation, tentative probes and endless talks all over Europe. Britain last week decided to take the big step and apply anew for membership in the six-nation Common Market. This means that Europe, and particularly Charles de Gaulle (who blackballed Britain's first application in 1963), must in turn decide whether to expand the Continental economic and trade community to seven members—and possibly to even ten or twelve, since Britain's fellow members in the European Free Trade Association are almost certain to try to follow.

Prime Minister Harold Wilson made his intentions clear at a caucus of Parliament's Labor...

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