The Socialist Parties of Western Europe met in Brussels on Dec. 17 for their annual conference.
CLOSE UP OF MR. ANDERSON - DENMARK - PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE.
MR. CARL CZERNETZ - HUNGARIAN DELEGATES, IN CONFERENCE WITH MR. ERICH HOLLENHAUER, GERMAN VICE PRESIDENT.
UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION.
GENERAL VIEWS OF THE CONFERENCE.
THE PRESIDENT IN CONVERSATION WITH MR. HOLLENHAUER, AT THE TABLE.
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Background: The Socialist Parties of Western Europe met in Brussels on Dec. 17 for their annual conference. The main subject under discussion was the proposed European Free Trade system.
Mr. Harold Wilson, Britain, demanded that all workers adversely affected by the introduction of Free trade, through dislocation of industry, should either be compensated or found other work.
In a circular to the conference members, Heinrich Deist of Germany stated that unless all of Europe was embraced by the Free Trade Area at least two economic blocks would result. There would be Britain on one hand and the members of the European Economic Community on the other and a fierce struggle might arise. Also the countries not in either block, such as Scandinavia, Austria and Switzerland, would be at an economic disadvantage.
The conference is scheduled for two days, Dec 17 and 18. Among the delegates was M. Guy Mollet, leader of the French Socialists, and Erich Ollenhauer, Leader of the Federal German Social Democrats.