World: THE COMMON MARKET: BURIAL OR REVIVAL?

WHENEVER kings come together," Goethe wrote, "it is always bad news." This week the heads of the six nations of the European Economic Community hope to prove the poet wrong when they meet in the 13th century Hall of Knights in The Hague. The two-day summit meeting could prove of critical importance in determining the future of the Common Market, and indeed of all Europe. Since the Market was created twelve years ago, it has not merely lost momentum but has also shown signs of coming apart.

The business of the "kings"—in reality the...

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