The Alliance: Common Market Clash

Charles de Gaulle was cast as Monsieur Scrooge last week in two pre-Christmas carols vitally involving the future of the Western alliance. One concerned NATO (see following story), the other the Common Market, which, according to some alarmed observers, was on the verge of breaking up.

This pessimism was exaggerated, but the problems that gave rise to it are real enough. Though the Market had planned to equalize agricultural prices for member states in easy stages by 1970, De Gaulle last summer threatened to pull out of the EEC unless agreement on rice, meat and dairy products was reached by Dec....

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