Huizinga, J.H.
April 1965
Foreign Affairs;Apr1965, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p487
This article discusses the foreign policy of Europe in 1965. Devoted Europeans saw some merit in the Multilateral Nuclear Force (MLF) project because originally it could be viewed as providing a long but safe detour to the goal of a self-reliant Europe. Not only had the U.S. expressed its wish for such a Europe, but also the road toward this ultimate destination had been left open by the U.S. designers of the MLF; once Europe had achieved sufficient unity, they agreed, a European nuclear power might be allowed to emerge. Thus the MLF could be seen as a school for nuclear self-government. When and if the European trainee inspired his U.S. tutor with enough confidence in his loyalty to the alliance, as well as in his ability to handle a deterrent of his own, he could expect emancipation from U.S. tutelage. Charles de Gaulle began to call upon the Europe des Marchands to show the courage of its European convictions. Thus all those who fear the emergence of a self-reliant Europe have reason to be grateful as well as hateful to de Gaulle. As long as he is around, the two conditions for its achievement--continued U.S. cooperation and intra-European integration--are not likely to be fulfilled.


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