1973, Richard Nixon and his man Kissinger told us a year ago, was slated to be "The Year of Europe." "No aspect of U.S. foreign policy commands greater attention and care than our relations with Western Europe," the President said last spring. Having "ended" the Vietnam war, the United States could now address itself to mending frayed relations with its European allies. President Kennedy's July 4, 1962, "Declaration of Interdependence" with Common Market: nations would finally bear fruit. The "Atlantic Conununity" would emerge from the recesses of nationalism into the sunny uplands of economic cooperation and political harmony.
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