Common Market heads of government, hoping to revive the fading dream of a united Europe, have approved a formula allowing the 253 million citizens of the European Community (EC) to directly elect a multinational parliament in 1978. This historic move has breathed new life into a vision seemingly shattered by national and regional interests. Breaking a months-long stalemate, the heads of government reached agreement on July 12, during the course of one of their thrice-yearly summits. Their plan calls for a directly elected legislature of 410 members to replace the present nonelected European parliament of 198 delegates.
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