EUROPE: Caught at the Crossroads

The two most powerful politicians in Western Europe, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and French President Georges Pompidou, will meet this week in Bonn for their regular biannual consultations. The meeting promises to be somewhat strained, since the two men—each in need of burnishing his political image at home—will be urgently pushing virtually opposite views on the future of the European Economic Community. How—and whether—they resolve their differences will vitally affect the course of the Common Market, which appears to be in increasing disarray.

Besides the present monetary crisis (see THE ECONOMY) the Common Market still has not worked out...