The Common Market: The European Community in Action

The Common Market: The European Community in Action

The Common Market: The European Community in Action

The Common Market: The European Community in Action

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This book presents a synthesis of authoritative materials and insights on Western Europe's efforts, since World War II, to create a unified and progressive community of nations. The literature on the subject, particularly its economic aspects, is extensive. Yet relatively little has been done thus far to help the nonspecialist reader grasp the broad significance of the movement toward European unity--one of the most important political developments of our century. The perspective and analysis provided in the pages that follow should help fill this gap.

Western Europe's search for new forms of integration has wideranging implications for its role in the free-world struggle with the communist bloc, for the continued solidarity of the Western alliance, and for the evolution of new patterns of international economic and political relations that can meet the realities of an increasingly interdependent globe. Ravaged as never before, the region revived after World War II in a phenomenal renaissance of economic growth and technological progress. Today, despite powerful divisive forces, the nations of Western Europe are forging a new partnership in consultation and action.

This dynamic resurgence, greatly stimulated by American aid, represents a major defeat for postwar Soviet policy and now looms as a serious threat to continuing Soviet ambitions in Eastern Europe and in the Continent as a whole. At the same time, however, the remarkable restoration of West European power confronts the United States with the prospect of a major foreign policy dilemma. The United States since the war has exerted great energy and initiative in supporting Western Europe's striving toward integration. It has also sought to strengthen broader transatlantic and free-

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