The Common Market, Progress and Controversy

The Common Market, Progress and Controversy

The Common Market, Progress and Controversy

The Common Market, Progress and Controversy

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The man frequently called the father of the Common Market. Jean Monnet, has said that European unity is the most important event in the West since the war. This conclusion reflects much more than normal paternal pride over a robust offspring. It is well documented on all sides. The European Common Market, officially called the European Economic Community (EEC), has affected the economic, political, and military policies of all countries and especially the United States. It has been emulated in Latin America, Africa, and even within Europe itself. It has induced other countries to try to become part of it as either full or associate members. It does indeed represent a peaceful revolution in our times.

The revolution despite its peaceful nature has not lacked controversy. For every admirer can be found a skeptic and a critic. It is hard to imagine that so fundamental a change could be otherwise. Controversy has arisen because some have been dissatisfied with the direction of the change while others have tried to deny its existence. The twofold purpose of this volume is to shed some light on the meaning of the Common Market for both member and non-member countries and also to indicate the nature of the controversy that it has raised.

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