Now that EDC is dead, the only living nucleus of a supranational Europe is the six-nation European Coal and Steel Community, which has its own High Authority, its own supreme court, even its own Common Assembly. Last week the 78 delegates to the Assembly unanimously elected a new Assembly president: economist Giuseppe Pella, former Christian Democratic Premier of Italy (for 4½ months in 1953). He is the third ex-Premier to be chosen for the post (predecessors: Belgium's Paul-Henri Spaak and Italy's late Alcide de Gasperi).

Still to be chosen: a successor to Jean Monnet as operational head of the Coal and...

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