The 175 1/2 million population European Economic Community (E.E.C.), or Common Market, is at present in a lot of trouble. The six partners: France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg, have to be unanimous about moves towards integration, but the Treaty of Rome (which established the Community in 1957) sees the organisation turning into a unitary block in which decisions are taken by democratic voting (though in fact ‘weighted’ in favour of the bigger countries) with the ‘losers’ agreeing to the will of the majority. President de Gaulle, with his concept of the greatness of nationality, and especially French nationality, will not agree and so maintains what is in effect a power of veto over further progress towards integration.
KeywordsInternational Trade International Monetary Fund European Economic Community International Bank Political Union
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