Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Bonn plan upsets EEC's tangled workings Saturday, November 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HEIWO 37 318-J The CITIZENSHIP COURT from Calgary will be at the COURTHOUSE in Lethbridge MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th from to p.m. Persons having business with the Citizenship Court may attend at that time PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES will be held at a.m. TUBS., Nov. 26th CITIZENSHIP COURT 335-8th Avenue S.W. Calgary Phone 262-7737 DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE Storing up for winter An Ottawa squirrel gets a helping hand, or at least a helping mouth, from Barry O'Regan who spotted the animal gather- ing food apparently for cold winter months a- head By KEVIN DOYE The Canadian Press West Germany apparently hab thrown a spanner into the tangled workings of the Eu- ropean Economic Community (EEC) with a controversial proposal to exclude the creak- ing British and Italian economies from the com- munity's integration process But so far European opinion is divided over whether such a move would effectively destroy the EEC or eventually recharge its efforts to reach economic unity The idea has been put for- ward by former West German chancellor Willy Brandt but officials have let it be known that it has the full backing of the present chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, as well In essence, the West Ger- mans went to see the five strongest European own plus those of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxem- the pace towards integration in order to better withstand the effects of the deepening world recession Britain and Italy, and prob- ably the Irish Republic and Denmark, would be left free to concentrate on strengthen- ing their own economies without having to make heavy commitments to support the over-all community program Brandt argues that the four poorer countries of the com- munity would not be "un coupled" from the EEC under his scheme and would be given a chance to catch up to the others later The French government im- mediately labelled the proposal as ludicrous Of- YOUR MONEY EARNS UP TO ON GUARANTEED INVESTMENT CERTIFICATES Guaranty Trust Member of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Representative FRANKLIN MARTIN 12143rdAve. S.( Phone 327-0936 or Evenings 327-8855 ficials said the community would disintegrate without Britain and Italy An Italian spokesmen said Brandts' policy would be a fla- grant violation of the Treaty of Rome, which established the community But one of the most inter- esting reactions so far has been that of the British government Ministers so far are refusing comment on Brandt's statement and say- ing they will ask for clarifica- tion of the German position at an EEC summit in Pans next month Some observers believe the Labor government in London, pledged to re-negotiate Britain's membership terms in the community and suomit the result to a decision by the British people, may see the German proposition as a potential basis for com- promise There seems little doubt any more that Prime Minister Harold Wilson already has decided to try to keep Britain in the community despite the opposition of his party's left wing and he may feel that by taking up Brandt's idea he can have the best of both worlds On the one hand, he could say that by not being included in moves towards rapid in- tegration Britain is leaving it- self free to continue fighting for better terms while, at the same time, he might be able to satisfy pro-marketeers by pointing out Lhat he is, in fact, still maintaining formal links with the EEC Meanwhile, Britain is quiet- ly achieving substantial changes in membership terms on such issues as the com- munity's agricultural policies, its trade and aid programs and its relations with Commonwealth countries One of the crucial remain- ing areas in which Britain wants concessions is on the size of its annual contribution to the EEC budget and it is this topic that is likely to be most time consuming To settle it satisfactorily Wilson may welcome the pause offered by the West Germans as the best method of buying time in which to negotiatiate acceptable agreement CLUB ENDURES Le Bal des Anglais in Pans is the oldest known night club, founded in 1843 DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE MERCHANTS' and DOWNTOWN Over IN PRIZES Pntwt Weekly (Valued at each) be given away FREE Just fill oul an enlry form at your Downtown Merchants' Grand Prize Draw will be made on TV SUN Present CHRESTI OUR 1974 GRANDE PRIZE: A TRIP FOR TWO to beautiful TREXI INCLUDES: Deluxe Accommodation PLUS S250 00 Spending Money ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THESE PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS! 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