Mr. Europe Leads the Way

If Western Europe's plane ride toward market unity in 1992 has finally reached cruising speed, that is due in large measure to the skillful maneuvering performed by the craft's chief pilot, Jacques Delors. It was the shrewd but sometimes prickly Frenchman, shortly after he became the European Commission's President in 1985, who selected 1992 as the target date for eliminating trade barriers among the Community's twelve members. And it was Delors, 64, who conducted a nonstop p.r. campaign on behalf of the plan. His efforts have earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe" and comparisons to the late Jean Monnet, his fellow...

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