Accompanied by his Agricultural Minister, Denmark's Foreign Minister, Jens-Otto Krag, flew to West Germany April 5 for talks with Herr von Brentano at the West German's Foreign Minister's residence at Bonn.
Accompanied by his Agricultural Minister, Denmark's Foreign Minister, Jens-Otto Krag, flew to West Germany April 5 for talks with Herr von Brentano at the West German's Foreign Minister's residence at Bonn. Denmark fears that a West German decision to accept the Hallstein tariff plan will affect present import/export trading the two countries.
Also present at the informal meeting were three other West German Ministers; Dr Erhard - Economics Minister; Herr Etzel - Finance Minister; and Herr Schwarz - Agricultural Minister, who, together with Herr von Brentano, were appointed by the Bonn Government April 16 to examine the Hallstein Plan in detail before West Germany's final decision.
Although West Germany - a member of the six-nation Common Market economic bloc - approves of the Plan in principle, an April 6 Cabinet meeting postponed a final decision on the Plan's detailed proposals for substantial tariff changes among Common Market members to take effect on July 1, eighteen months earlier than previously scheduled.
The Plan - devised by Professor Walter Hallstein, President of the Common Market - provides for a speed-up in Common Market integration, involving drastic tariff alterations. These will favour Common market countries - West Germany; France; Italy; Belgium; Holland and Luxembourg - but will considerably handicap non-member countries.
Grave concern about the Plan's intentions have been expressed in many European capitals. Some talk of an Economic and Political "war" between the Common Market and the Outer Seven - Great Britain; Austria; Switzerland; Portugal; Denmark; Norway and Sweden.