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The Germans were pleased at the outcome of the December Ministerial Meeting. In Greece, the government declared that 21 December 1978 would be remembered as an historic moment, while the international press welcomed the new, tenth member of the EEC. Yet agreement had yet to be achieved on several issues. These included the budgetary question, the issue of family allowances, the right of establishment, and transport and fisheries. The German foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, had boasted of ‘breaking the back of [the] negotiations’, but his state secretary, Klaus von Dohnanyi, felt that ‘the stone is still rough-cut and will need further polishing’.1 The presidency of the EEC had now moved to the French and, despite many political statements made to the contrary, the final four months that led up to the signing of the Treaty of Accession on 28 May 1979 witnessed much hard bargaining from both sides. Vital issues were at stake. However, the Community was able to resolve, bit by bit, outstanding matters regarding the budget, and then moved on to address several controversial aspects in the social affairs chapter.
KeywordsTransitional Period Foreign Minister Family Allowance Greek Government Greek Case
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