By Constantine A.
Drawing on legit documents and personal papers, this booklet 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 hitch the EEC; the arguable US multilateral strength (MLF) thought for NATO; Britain's a number of propositions to France for the improvement of an self reliant ecu nuclear strength; the demanding Anglo-American diplomatic quarrel that was once the Skybolt challenge; and the artistic international relations that produced the Nassau contract of December 1962.
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The unpopularity in London and Washington of French policy in Mrica, and specifically the war in Algeria, isolated Paris and further tarnished relations. The Algerian war undermined the French scheme of 'Eurafrica' designed to tie north Africa politically and economically closer to western Europe. 10 Accordingly, French forces were diverted from the NATO 'shield' in West Germany for duty in north Mrica. The mood in 13 Anglo-American Relations and the French Problem Washington was condescending towards France, a bygone power fighting to regain its great-power status by maintaining its colonial empire at all costs.
First, the renewal (and maintenance) of the nuclear partnership with the United States was paramount. Yet this was to be immediately fQllowed by the second element, negotiations leading to Britain's accession to the Common Market, to which de Gaulle presented the most obvious obstacle. As the journalist and commentator on Anglo-American affairs Henry Brandon recorded after his first interview with the Prime Minister: Macmillan ... began by making a flattering remark about my dispatches from Washington and on that soothing and reassuring note moved immediately to the subject that was most on his mind: President Eisenhower ...
17 Alongside this, they began to put the seal on their nuclear partnership with the 'Declaration of Common Purpose'. 18 It led to the repeal of the McMahon Act in favour of Great Britain and the Agreement for Co-operation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes signed on 3 July 1958. 19 The reaffirmation of the United Kingdom as the United States' principal ally was Macmillan's top priority in 1957. On 22 January 1957, Eisenhower suggested to his wartime colleague from the north Africa campaign that the two leaders should meet in Bermuda.
Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the French Problem, 1960-1963: A Troubled Partnership by Constantine A.