The EEC and the World Economy

  • Geoffrey Barraclough
Part of the Studies in the Integration of Western Europe book series


‘The Common Market’, Jean Monnet assured the British cotton manufacturers’ association in a speech at Harrogate in October 1957, ‘is outward-looking, not inward-looking.’1 I should like to use his statement as a starting-point for discussing the role of the Community in the world economy, since in my view it goes to the heart of the question. Whatever the intention may have been in 1957, it would be hard to find anyone outside the EEC who would subscribe to Monnet’s view today. Certainly not Japan, angered by EEC import barriers; certainly not the Third World, alienated by the failure of the industrialised nations to honour the commitments made to the developing countries when the so-called Tokyo Round of trade talks was initiated in September 1973.2 When in 1978 the EEC trade commissioner, Etienne Davignon, warned the developing countries ‘to stop getting into manufacturing facilities, primarily steel, that provide competition for the rich world’, the cat was out of the bag, and no profession of good faith could convince the countries on the periphery that the EEC was anything but ‘a narrow self-interested trading group trying to make the world dance to its tune’.3


European Unity Monetary Union European Economic Community European Parliament European Monetary System 
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