Common Market: Britain's Sad Plight

Most Common Market decisions are the product of purposeful near collision: a game of diplomatic chicken in which the antagonists wait until the last possible moment to veer off into compromise. Not surprisingly, Europe resounded last week with cries of crisis as the foreign ministers of the Six pre pared to meet in Brussels this week to deal with Britain's second application for Common Market membership.

Common Market Commission President Jean Rey warned that failure by the Six to agree to negotiate with Brit ain would produce a "grave crisis" and be "a frightful political blunder." returning from a...

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