Former West German Chancellor, Herr willy Brandt, on Wednesday (19 November) proposed an emergency plan to help the European Economic Community (EEC) survive the crisis it faces.
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HERR BRANDT: "Ladies and gentlemen, what we need is a programme along the lines of "self-defence".
"Those who drafted the Treaty of Rome tried to make the community ready to confront difficulties which could not be foreseen at the time. And they were largely successful in their attempt.
"However, nobody could have foreseen the difficulties which the Nine are being confronted with now.
"What we must do now is to unite to try to preserve the spirit of the community even if it means that for the time being the Treaty is not fully implemented."
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Background: Former West German Chancellor, Herr willy Brandt, on Wednesday (19 November) proposed an emergency plan to help the European Economic Community (EEC) survive the crisis it faces.
His speech -- at a meeting of the European Movement in Paris -- was the more significant because it was cleared by the present Chancellor, Herr Helmut Schmidt.
Among Herr Brandt's major suggestions was the establishment of a "crisis Management" system within the community, involving regular meetings of Heads of State and government to deal with unemployment, inflation and a joint energy policy. Herre Brandt addressed the meeting in French. Some of his comments on film are translated here:
Another major point in Herr Brandt's address was that the Common Market should make special allowances for Britain and Italy, while pursuing its gual of economic integration.
The leader of West Germany's Social Democrat Party also suggests speedy handling of association agreements with Greece and Portugal.