Europe: A Common Front

Tough talk from new friends wanted to express an even stronger and closer cooperation and community of views, in order to affirm our presence on the world stage and to enhance the importance of Europe." So declared French President FranÇois Mitterrand at the conclusion of a two-day meeting with his neighbor, West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Clad in dark, diplomatic blue as they sat under the crystal chandeliers of the Elysee's Salle des Fetes, the two leaders were explaining the unusual eight-point "Franco-German declaration" that capped their summit in Paris last week.

It was the first time since Mitterrand's election last...

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