World: Europe: A Rival or an Also-Ran

AH cher ami, at last you are here," said French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann as he spotted his British counterpart, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, in Luxembourg's glass-sheathed Centre Européen. "I'm glad to see you!" Did Schumann's government share that feeling? That was the critical question last week as the foreign ministers of Europe's six Common Market nations greeted the delegates from the four hopeful applicants—Ireland, Norway and Denmark as well as Britain.

Formidable Rival. The hard negotiations to determine whether the Six will become the Ten are to be conducted at the European Economic...

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