Political Integration of Europe

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Opposing Concepts of European Union

Great britain's entry into the Common Market—assuming it is finally accomplished despite doubts and questions recently raised at the meeting of Commonwealth prime ministers in London—will substantially advance the economic integration of Western Europe. It may also bring nearer the more distant goal of European political integration. There has been considerable uncertainty as to whether the British were as interested in political as in economic integration. But Prime Minister Macmillan told Chancellor Adenauer, in a letter made public at the end of August, that his government had been “watching with sympathetic interest the efforts of the Six [Common Market countries] to move towards greater political union.” He assured the West German leader that once Britain had become a member of ...

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