By Niklas H. Rossbach
This publication finds that 1969-74 used to be a vital interval for the unique courting. The Heath executive tried to opposite Britain's decline as a good strength through forging an American-European designated courting out of the Anglo-American courting. at the same time the Nixon management attempted to recoup the worldwide place of the us.
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This time with the chance of getting it right; the Hague EC Summit in 1969 had revived the integration process and preparations for negotiations with Britain had already been made. Appearances, however, can be deceiving. Sir William Nield, responsible for coordinating between Rippon at Whitehall and Number 10, told Heath in the summer of 1970 that they were in fact not facing a repetition of history; they were going for make or break with the negotiations. According to Nield more depended on the negotiations than had been the case in the sixties, for two reasons.
This was made plain at the level of Heads of governments. It was fully recognized by the members of both the Community and EFTA. " 74 Heath's ideas on Britain, Europe and the future had matured by 1967 and changed remarkably little after that. He originally presented his vision in the Harvard lectures in 1967 and to him the lectures remained valid when he came into power three years later. 7s They were not only applicable, in fact they were the core of his whole political programme and the means by which he would reinvigorate Britain and turn himself into a European statesman.
127 In fact, the position of the FCO was very compatible with Heath's plans. The Kennedy idea of a twin pillar approach to Atlantic affairs was very close to Heath's own idea of forging a special relationship between Europe and the US. In his Harvard lectures he had quoted Kennedy when he claimed that a union in Europe was 'still the first order of business' for the Europeans. 128 Heath and the FCO agreed that EC entry Heath's European Ideas and Nixon's New Foreign Policy 27 was of vital importance for Britain and that American support was necessary.