Common Market: Victory of an Idea

"The construction of Europe has become irreversible," said Jean Monnet, the aging chief architect of the European Economic Community—a remark he might not have felt up to making a few months earlier. French Agriculture Minister Edgard Pisani, looking as if he had swallowed a succulent mouse, was pleased that he could "now leave with a tranquil heart for my winter sports." And the Times of London, gazing upon the events with an outsider's eye, greeted the news from Brussels as "one of the best Christmas presents the Western world could have had."

The Common Market had just survived the worst...

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