Now there are nine nations in the Common Market. Important steps are under way to advance the world's largest trading bloc toward ultimate political unity. On January 1 of this year, the European Common Market took another big step forward. The fifteen-year-old, six-nation trade group expanded to nine, with the addition of Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark. The new union, of course, is still far from complete. But another milestone along the arduous road to unity among the nations of free Europe has been reached. Historian Arnold Toynbee describes it in colorful historical tones: "Western Europe has at last been united on a Napoleonic scale, not through conquest this time, but voluntarily."
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