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This research explores the formula, strategies and influence of Britain's diplomatic efforts to urge the German govt to desert, adjust and later to magnify the ecu fiscal neighborhood. Its major rivalry is that British international relations among the Messina convention of 1955 and the 1st club program of 1961 was once counterproductive.

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C, E and F suggested an item-by-item approach, necessitating the identification of products specific to European trade in the case of C, or, alternatively, of products which were seen as essential to the continuation of Anglo-Commonwealth trade, as in the case of E and F. The report itself deemed alternative F to be too ambitious, and while it contained no explicit preference for any of the other five, Clarke made clear that alternative E provided ‘the only possible form of association with the Messina Common Market’ and asserted that ‘Europe would almost certainly jump at it’.

20 In the event, however, the Prime Minister proved unable to impress his American counterparts. 22 Clearly, therefore, German concerns about the possibility of a 44 Bullying Bonn: Anglo-German Diplomacy, 1955–61 British attempt to wreck the Common Market had not been entirely unjustified for the early part of 1956, though the means chosen by the British government did not concentrate on the OEEC, but involved a more indirect approach designed to mobilize US support against the scheme. The subsequent decision to search for a new policy following the apparent failure of this approach did not mean, however, that the Common Market was now accepted as a reality.

The lack of information contained in the report led ministers to implicitly assume that the divisions within the German government were as fundamental as they had appeared not only at the beginning of the year 1955 but also in the comments of Erhard in Istanbul in October. In this sense, the decision may arguably have been based on Butler’s recollection of his meeting with Erhard, combined with long-held assumptions about the German attitude towards European integration, rather than on a specific assessment of their negotiation performance since Messina.

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