The World: Showdown Ahead

A growing sense of crisis surrounds Britain's latest attempt to gain entry into the thriving six-nation European Economic Community. Twice in the past ten years Britain's application has been rejected. This time there is a widespread conviction throughout Europe that a third failure would be the last. No one believes this more firmly than British Prime Minister Edward Heath, who led Britain's first unsuccessful attempt in the 1961-63 Brussels negotiations. "If we miss this opportunity, it will not be there for us to pick up in a year or two," Heath tells audiences.

Heath's worry is partly one of timing. After several...

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