The Allies: The Regal Rejection

No statesman of this century has been more successful than Charles de Gaulle at infuriating his friends and delighting his enemies. Last week le grand Charles did it again, throwing the Common Market negotiations into confusion, blackballing Britain's bid for membership, and disdainfully rejecting the U.S. offer of Polaris missiles.

The blow fell just as Britain and the Six were in chummy agreement that a way could after all be readily found to make Britain a full partner in the Common Market. In Brussels, even as De Gaulle was addressing a press conference in Paris, the Common Market's presiding...

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