Newhouse, John
January 1973
Foreign Affairs;Jan1973, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p353
The article focuses on Western Europe's participation in several central foreign relations processes. Western Europe is caught up in fresh political currents strong enough to restrain any serious efforts by the European Community to enlarge significantly the political influence of the member states and to reduce their dependence on the U.S. West Europeans now find themselves either observing or participating in three central processes: negotiations and other contacts between East and West; monetary and trade talks with people in the U.S. and Japanese; and efforts to adapt the European Community to its enlarged membership while establishing, as well as improving, modes of cooperation. The progressively greater movement and subtlety in East-West politics tend to obscure Western Europe's political confinement. Western Europe cannot play at triangular politics. It lacks power and does not threaten either of the great powers, let alone China. But Western Europe can and will play at triangular economics with the U.S. and Japan. Moreover, most West European countries will try to exploit the warming climate to the East by expanding their sales and joint ventures in Soviet client states.


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