Towards a Common Community Personality

  • Peter Coffey


The external economic and political interests of the Six were perfectly clear even before the Treaty of Rome had been written. It was obvious that Belgium, France and Italy, would, for colonial and geographical reasons, be particularly interested in maintaining and/or creating special links with African and Mediterranean countries. Equally, West Germany, which had since 1951 treated East Germany, for purposes of ‘Internal Trade’ as part of the Federal Republic, and which was by 1958 developing trade with Eastern Europe, would sooner or later wish to intensify its economic links with the Comecon countries.


Member State European Economic Community Free Trade Area Trade Creation Association Agreement 
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© Peter Coffey 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Coffey
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  1. 1.Europa InstituutUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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