Now the Twelve: Expansion for the Community

Expansion for the Community

It was 3:15 a.m. when the European Community's ten foreign ministers emerged bleary-eyed from a conference room atop Brussels' Charlemagne Building. They had just cleared the way for the young Iberian democracies, Spain and Portugal, to become the eleventh and twelfth members of the Community next Jan. 1. Beyond its economic impact, the event was fraught with political significance. It helped boost the stature of the two countries' governments and anchored them more firmly in the West European camp. Declared Spanish Foreign Minister Fernando Moran: "Now we can get rid of the inferiority complex in international affairs that Spaniards often have....

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