Common Market: Spain Outside the Door

For two years, Dictator Francisco Franco had been "on his best behavior.

Spain's bid for associate membership in the Common Market was at stake, and el Caudillo was willing to relax his autocratic grip a bit in order to convince the Eurocrats of his sincerity. Last week in Brussels, on the eve of the 25th-anniversary celebration of Franco's Civil War victory, Spain's two-year-old application finally got a hearing.

Priming the Pump. Spain's advocates could point out that Franco had really tried. Reluctantly admitting that his country could not achieve economic maturity outside the Common...

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