Spethmann, Dr. Dieter
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A description of Thyssen Steel and its broad-ranging interests. Business relations that exist between Canada and Thyssen, with specific projects and dollar figures. Characterizations of the steel industry of the European Community. A brief history of the steel industry and some key events and factors effecting it. European legislation as applied to coal and steel. The European Community Treaty signed in Rome in 1957. Subsidies in violation of the Treaty, and how they came about. Effects and consequences of those subsidies. Efforts to bring about a European market regulatory system. A reduction of technical and personnel capacities in the German steel industry. The German steel aid program. The impossibility of accurate forecasting. A critical view of subsidies as a form of protectionism, with examples. Successes of international economic integration.