Spaak, Paul-Henri
July 1963
Foreign Affairs;Jul1963, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p611
Academic Journal
The article focuses on international relations. It becomes clearer and clearer that January 14, 1963, is fated to go down in history as the "black Monday" of both European policy and Atlantic policy. What occurred that day was something much more significant than the mere dooming of negotiations between Great Britain and the European Community. It was, in plain fact, an attack on the Atlantic Alliance and the European Community, an attack, that is, on the two most significant achievements of the free world since the end of the Second World War. Those who have been active in international politics since 1945 must sometimes wonder whether they have done better or worse than those who were in power after 1919. The background of the problem can be sketched rapidly. For a long time for too long a time, Great Britain refused to accept the idea of a united Europe. Its hesitations and procrastinations are regrettable, but the reasons are understandable: a great country which has just won a great war is naturally reluctant to acknowledge that it must radically alter its age-old traditions. The mere fact of victory works against the effort of readjustment.


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