Spain and Its Foreign Policy
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEEdmund Gress, who was a correspondant for CBS News in Madrid from 1959-1969, was the first broadcast correspondant to have made regular voice reports from Spain beginning in April 1959. He also did the basic writing and reporting, together with Walter Cronkite and Winston Burdett, of a one hour documentary broadcast in early 1963 entitled: "Franco's Spain". During most of these years he has also written for Newsweek and contributed articles to such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Star, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Sun-TImes and Newsday. He was also responisble for reporting on Portugal.SUMMARY Gress opened with a helpful description of "organic democracy" of the Franco design, with an elaboration of the governing structures, formal and informal; in this he provided also names of the current leaders of various levels. Then he turned to a list of locations of Spanish foreign policy interest giving special attention to the relations of Spain and the US. The "prospects for change" portion of his remarks was very short, a matter of highlighting two of three observations he had made along the way. One comment was a bit off-putting: "We (Spain) are becoming the most atheistic country with no belief beyond a sofa and a refrigerator."