Why Did the Nine Say ‘Yes’?
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Early European reactions to the news of the Greek application were overwhelmingly positive. Harold Wilson, Britain’s prime minister, expressed satisfaction at the Greek government’s European choice.1 The French president, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, commented: ‘we were the first to openly support the membership of Greece, entry of which would contribute positively to the development of the European construction’.2 The Bonn government followed suit, describing Greece’s decision to seek full membership of the EEC ‘as a further demonstration of the unbroken power of attraction exercised by the process of European unification’.3 In the same spirit, the Italian foreign minister, Mariano Rumor, sent his ‘warmest congratulations’ while his Dutch counterpart conveyed a similar welcome.4 The Irish side praised the Greek application as a historic event coming as it did a few days after the referendum in the UK.5
KeywordsMember State Foreign Minister Full Membership Association Agreement Greek Government
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