FOREIGN RELATIONS: A Mutual Understanding

It used to be called the "special relationship"—those ties of history and culture that bound the U.S. and Britain. Now, with Britain's entry into the European Economic Community, the traditional link has been redefined and renamed the "natural relationship." So as Prime Minister Edward Heath flew into Washington for a two-day meeting last week, both governments treated the visit as a promising start for Nixon's "Year of Europe"—that post-Viet Nam era heralded by Adviser Henry Kissinger last September.

By his exceedingly cordial treatment of Heath—full military honors, warm words of welcome at a state dinner and a rare presidential excursion...

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