Sommer, Theo
December 1979
Foreign Affairs;1979 Special Issue, Vol. 58 Issue 3
Academic Journal
This article presents information regarding relation between Europe and the U.S. With regard to Europe, there was more justification for being bullish in 1979 than there had been in the preceding years, appearances notwithstanding. The moment of slack water in the tide of European affairs is obviously past. Yet at first glance, the European Community would seem to be entering the 1980's in a rather frayed state. The modalities of British membership once again constitute a bone of contention. The inanities and insanities of the Common Agricultural Policy are no nearer a solution today than they were five years ago. It is a safe bet that the negotiations over the entry of Greece, Spain, Portugal and, eventually, Turkey into the Community will be beset by monstrous difficulties. Third, European political cooperation imparted a formerly unknown cohesion and profile to the foreign policy of the Nine nulls became particularly visible in the EC's approach to the problems of the Middle East, first and foremost in its support for Palestinian self-determination and withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied territories, in the recently concluded Lome II treaty on economic aid and trade with African, Pacific and Caribbean nations, in the harmonization of its policies vis-a-vis southern Africa, and in intensified dealings with the ASEAN states of southeast Asia Western Europe is thus on the road to establishing its position in world affairs as a distinct entity.


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