Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the French Problem, by Constantine A.

By Constantine A.

Drawing on legitimate files and personal papers, this ebook bargains insights into Anglo-American reactions to France's improvement of an self sufficient nuclear potential; France's bid for the political management of Europe; Britain's first program to affix the EEC; the arguable US multilateral strength (MLF) idea for NATO; Britain's a variety of propositions to France for the improvement of an self sufficient ecu nuclear strength; the demanding Anglo-American diplomatic quarrel that was once the Skybolt quandary; and the inventive international relations that produced the Nassau contract of December 1962.

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Couve de Murville [the French foreign minister] had expected. Far from appearing to be seriously alarmed by General de Gaulle's suggestion, Mr Dulles had indulged in one of his long musings' about the inadequacies of international organizations which were slowly becoming dominated by the non-great power countries, as in the cases of the United Nations General Assembly and NATO. 53 The immediate reaction in London was not clear-cut either. At the official level, the General's plan for an Anglo-American-French triumvirate empowered to 'take joint decision on all political matters affecting world security' was completely insupportable.

In doing so, he and Eisenhower came to an understanding on 9 June 1958. Knowing de Gaulle's disposition towards NATO, the two leaders were in full agreement that a tripartite relationship should be sought with France; however, it would only be 'in those areas where there exist an historical basis for it, such as Summit preparations and the re-unification of Germany'. All other arrangements, including nuclear weapons, would be handled bilaterally 'in order not to jeopardise our highly successful working relationships'.

Louis Joxe, the Secretary-General of the French Foreign Ministry, also informed the 25 Anglo-American Relations and the French Problem Italian ambassador and the West -German charge d'affaires in Paris of the memorandum's contents a day earlier. 49 Blankenhorn, who immediately went to see Frank Roberts, explained that what the General proposed 'was entirely unacceptable. If it were not so serious, this development would be quite ridiculous'. Furthermore, it 'would mean the end of NATO', which was 'most unwelcome to Germany or, ....

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