OPINION

May 22, 1953

GREECE-EUROPEAN UNION: A reliable source commenting on a recent Paris radio broadcast on the advisability of Greece joining a European community of six western nations, has made these observations. Firstly, for the moment there is only the coal and steel community, in which it was not considered either necessary or advisable for Greece to participate. These six above-mentioned states considered it necessary to draft a charter for a European political community which France, Western Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg declared their interest in joining. Last year the question was also raised as to whether Greece would become a full member or whether it would have a contractual relationship with the community on certain issues. The previous Greek government of Nikolaos Plastiras had also clearly been in favor of a simple association, as Great Britain, the Scandinavian countries and Turkey have also decided. On the other hand, in a Greek radio program broadcast from Paris, a completely irresponsible view was expressed that Greece should become a full member. (…). While Greece cannot ignore the importance of such a commonwealth with a total population of 160 million people and great industrial wealth, what is more important is maintaining and consolidating the «Europe of 15» whose mission is still broader.