The Community: Greece's Gain

Joining Europe as No. 10

The tenth flagpole in front of the European Community's Brussels headquarters has stood naked since 1972, when, at the last minute, Norway balked at linking up with the organization. Last week a flag finally flew from that pole, but not Norway's.

Nearly two decades after its first application, Greece joined the Community's nine members, and its blue-and-white-striped flag began snapping in a brisk Brussels wind. Said Greek Prime Minister George Rallis: "It is the happy conclusion of our journey to Europe, which lasted almost 20 years."

While it was...

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