J. Robert Schaetzel served six years as U. S. Ambassador to the European Community, or Common Market, until October 1972. He retired from governmental service one month later, having served the State Department for 27 years, much of the time as a specialist on Atlantic affairs and international trade. Mr. Schaetzel has many close friends in Europe and is widely recognized and appreciated on the Continent as an American who understands the European view on the many sensitive issues affecting the Atlantic Alliance. He is presently writing a book under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, suggesting what U. S. policy should be, vis-a-vis the enlarged European Community. To assess the current status of U. S.-West European affairs, Plain Truth Associate Editor Gene H. Hogberg talked with former United States Ambassador to the European Community, J. Robert Schaetzel. Here are key excerpts of their conversation, held recently in Mr. Schaetzel's home in suburban Washington, D. C.
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