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16 J. Common Mkt. Stud. 1 (1977)

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    ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND
    EAST-WEST TRADE: CONFLICT
    OF INTERESTS OR COMEDY OF
                       ERRORS?*

                       By  JOHN  PINDER
            Political and Economic Planning, London

IRONICALLY  enough,  the high period for East-West negotiations,
leading up to Helsinki and followed by Belgrade, has been a low
period for trade negotiations between East and West in Europe.
Economic   integration within the two groups has not stood in the
way  of their negotiations with countries outside either group.
The  East Europeans'  trading arrangements with other countries
have hardly been  affected by Comecon; and although  trade with
third countries has  been  much  affected by the  Community's
common commercial and agricultural policies, this   has  led to
more  negotiating about  trade with most of its partners, rather
than less. Only as between  the two  European   groups  has the
process of integration on each side been treated as an obstacle to
trade negotiations. The aim  of this paper is to investigate the
reasons for this and to suggest what  might  be done  about  it.

The slow march through institutional contracts towards negotiations
jealous of their sovereignty and  afraid of disturbing their re-
lations with the Soviet Union, the member  governments   of the
  * This article is based on a paper presented to a conference on Ditente between
Helsinki and Belgrade, organised at Eindhoven on April 2x-23, 1977, by the
John F. Kennedy Institute of Tilburg University on the occasion of its tenth
anniversary. The paper will be included in a book, Uncertain Ditente (ed. Alting von
Geusau); No. xz, Sijthoff for the John F. Kennedy Institute, forthcoming. For
background reading on the general subject of East-West economic relations,
useful sources include P. Wiles, Communist International Economics, OUP, Oxford,
1968 and J. Wilczynski, The Economics and Politics of East-West Trade, Macmillan,
London, 1969. Studies of the specific question of relations between the European
Community and Eastern Europe include Icuan John (ed.), EEC Policy towards
Eastern Europe, Saxon House, Westmead, 1975; John and Pauline Pinder, The
Eropean Community's Policy towards Eastern Europe, PEP and RIIA, London, 1975;
and Charles Ransom, The European Community and Eastern Europe, Butterworth,
London, 1973*

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