THE RIVALS (I): How America Looks at Europe

FOR the past five years, with America's energies and fears focused on Viet Nam, Washington pretty much took Europe for granted. Now the Administration is noticing the Continent in a way that suggests that Europeans may soon want a new era of benign neglect. "Maybe we've all been under a delusion," mused one State Department official recently. "We thought that Nixon's 'Year of Europe' would denote an approach of sweetness and light, coupled with the main attention being paid to the Continent. I think Europe will get prime attention, but seemingly it won't...

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