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Coalition forms in popularly elected Common Market
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - A cen-
ter-right coalition capable of
dominating the new popularly elected
European Parliament was announced
yesterday even before final results of
the multi-national ballot were declared.
Newly elected representative Jean-
Francois Pintat of France, leader of the
Liberal faction in the Common
Market's former non-elected assembly,
said the Liberals would join forces with
the Conservatives and Christian
Democrats for election of a president of
the new Common Market chamber
when it meets in Strasbourg, France,
on July 17.
On the basis of virtually final returns
in eight of the nine member-countries,
with only Ireland's results still out, the
coalition was projected to have 207
seats in the 410-member Parliament,
one vote more than a majority. About
108.2 million of an eligible 180 million
persons voted in the Thursday and Sun-
THE SOCIALISTS were projected to
emerge as the largest single political
group, as they were in the old assem-
bly, but their share of the seats dropped
from 33 per cent to 27 per cent for 111
The new Parliament replaces the
former 198-member group whose
members were appointed by gover-
nments of the member nations.
The Parliament has very limited
powers, and will function mainly as an
advisory body to the 13-member
Executive Commission and the
Supreme Council of Ministers, which
run Common Market affairs.
MANY PARLIAMENTARIANS, in-
cluding even the Communists, are
dedicated to "democratizing" the
community, to make the Council's nine
foreign ministers and the Executive
Commission, which heads the
bureaucracy, more answerable to the
will of the 280 million community
The Council is meeting in Luxem-
bourg, ostensibly to prepare for a
Common Market summit June 21-22 in
Strasbourg. But the ministers undoub-
tedly will discuss the outcome of the
elections and the implications of a
possibly refractory Parliament.
Big losers in the ballot were Paris
Mayor Jacques Chirac's Gaullists and
the British Socialists, an outcome that
heartened those in favor of an eventual
United States of Europe since the two
parties have been outspoken opponents
of further moves toward a federal
Europe, and of any extension of the
powers of the new Parliament.
THE CHRISTIAN Democrats were
projected to win 106 seats, the Conser-
vatives, 63; Communists, 44; Liberals,
40; Progressive Democrats, 23; in-
dependents, 23; and small splinter par-
ties the rest.
The European Broadcasting Union,
with links to networks in all nine coun-
tries, provided the statistics.
Common Market buzzed with post
mortems on the outcome of the elec-
tions. There was general agreement
that the British Labor Party's bad
showing - only 17 of Britain's 81-
member delegation - was mainly due
to the relative obscurity of its can-
The single largest national party in
the assembly will be British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher's Conser-
vatives, who won a bloc of 60 seats ac-
cording to a final counting in Britain.
In France, Italy, West Germany and
elsewhere, well-known personalities
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Oil stockpiling cited
Sincurrent gas crisis
Continued from Page 12) States. But Dougherty cited figures
first three months of a year. But he said from the International Energy Agency
the reduction this year was only one- indicating other oil-exporting nations
fourth of what it was the same period appar to have increased their produc-
last year. tion to make up the difference.
"The position of the 20 largest He said this, together with reported
refiners during the first quarter of 1979 dropoffs in production from domestic
was even more remarkable," he said. refineries, leads to the question,
"These companies actually increased "Where did the crude oil go?"
their crude stocks at a rate of 33,000 "The oil refining industry had seven
barrels per day." to eight per cent more usable capacity
OTHER OFFICIALS have said last with which to produce gasoline and
winter's interruption in oil imports other petroleum products in severely
from Iran led to shortages in the United short supply," he said.
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and he expected Gotthainer to continue
as county administrator.
The Board of Commissioners voted 12
to 3 to support Walterhouse' statement,
but since the board met in- special
committee session yesterday, it cannot
officially endorse the statement until it
meets again in regular session.
WILLIS ISRAEL, one of the three
voting against the statement, said he
did not think Gotthainer could function
effectively as county administrator
with such charges against him still
But many of the commissioners said
Gotthainer was innocent until proven
guilty, and would take no action against
him until they were convinced of his
Commissioner Wendell Allen called
the reports of Gotthainer's impending
indictment "rumors that we've heard
in the newspapers." He said he wanted
to hear "the other side of the story."
COMMISSIONER Catherine Mc-
Clary (D-Ann Arbor) said she was told
by Washtenaw County officials who had
worked in Suffolk County in the past,
that the indictment was a political
move aimed at Gotthainer's former
boss, Republican John Kline, Suffolk
McClary said the Republicans are
holding their convention in Suffolk
County today in order to pick a can-
didate for county executive.
She said later Gotthainer oversaw
some 6,000 budget proposals each year
as part of his job preparing the county
budget. She said she heard the proposal
to buy the $50,000 in laboratory equip-
ment originated in the Suffolk County
Department of Buildings and Grounds,
passed through the County Attorney's
office, and then went to Gotthainer's of-
fice. This office, in turn, passed it on to
the Suffolk County legislature.
"It's not even clear that Mike (Got-
thainer) ever touched that resolution,"
"It's only a frame-up, a way of
ruining somebody's name through the
press," she added.
Alfred Hitchcock's debut as a direc-
tor in 1922 was in a film called "Num-
ber," a movie that was never com-