Western Europe: Standing Up to De Gaulle

In the four months since France began boycotting the meetings of the European Economic Community, a feeling of gloom has spread over the Continent. Sensing that Charles de Gaulle wants to reshape the Common Market into his own instrument—or, failing that, to destroy it—France's five EEC partners have vacillated between despair and resistance. The result: an almost total lack of meaningful activity in the Market. Last week, in a swift and surprising reversal of form, the five ended their hesitation. At a two-day meeting at the Common Market's Brussels headquarters, they finally...

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