The Linchpin: French-German Relations, 1950-1990

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The Linchpin: French-German Relations, 1950-1990

By Julius W. Friend
Praeger (with the Center for Strategic and International Studies), 1991
160 pp. $37.95
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A slight work on a central subject: the successful reconciliation of earlier enemies and their joint leadership of the European Community. France had to adjust to Germany's several miracles: the economic one and, in 1989-90, the miracle of peaceful reunification. The author, formerly with the CIA and author of a book on Mitterrand, analyzes the common and divergent interests that will shape the policies of the two countries in the EC and in the now much wider Europe.