The years 1964–1970 are often considered as a period crucial in British post-war history. For the Labour governments under Harold Wilson, the challenges were immense: managing an economy beset by serious balance of payments problems; preserving Britain's nuclear status; fostering a détente with the Soviet Union that would reduce tension without undermining the security of either Britain or its partners in NATO; and establishing a new role for Britain in the world based on becoming a leading member of the EEC. There can be little doubt that by the time the Labour government took office in October 1964, relations between Britain and Germany had recovered. The discussion in this book has shown that both London and Bonn attached considerable importance to their bilateral relationship, specifically worked to ensure that it held good, and that moving towards a common position on European policy was a key factor in their understanding.
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