Setbacks on a Second Front

A double whammy from Britain's European partners

"It was terrible timing," groaned one of Margaret Thatcher's advisers. Just as the beleaguered Prime Minister was considering when to launch a counterinvasion of the Falklands, her partners in the European Community last week gave Britain first a diplomatic slap and then subjected it to a humiliation that shook the ten-nation Community to its institutional roots. The crux of the problem, as French President François Mitterrand put it, was not just "what role Great Britain intends to play" in the Community, but "the question of the presence...

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