A Flight of Fantasy? Portugal and the First Attempt to Enlarge the European Economic Community, 1961–1963

  title={A Flight of Fantasy? Portugal and the First Attempt to Enlarge the European Economic Community, 1961–1963},
  author={Nicolau Andresen Leit{\~a}o},
  journal={Contemporary European History},
  pages={71 - 87}
Abstract This article explains the position of Portugal during the first attempt to enlarge the European Economic Community in 1961–3. It first makes clear the motives behind the Portuguese government's policy option in favour of EEC associate membership and future entry. Next, it analyses the attitude of the EEC members and Portugal's EFTA partners to this policy option. The article concludes that such a policy was condemned to failure, due to the authoritarian nature of the Portuguese regime… 
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