A Chronology of European Security and Defence 1945-2006 by Julian Lindley-French

By Julian Lindley-French

A Chronology of eu safety and Defence 1945-2006 is a distinct and authoritative resource of reference for all people with an curiosity in eu protection and safeguard over the past 60 years. An widely annotated chronology, the e-book deals a blow-by-blow account of the occasions that experience formed the Europe of this present day. The publication rigorously areas each one occasion in context, explaining what occurred, the place, whilst, and why. Month-by-month, year-by-year Europe's contemporary earlier is laid out and defined. With its available structure, wealthy aspect, and balanced research, the e-book should be crucial interpreting and reference for students, scholars, policy-makers and policy-analysts alike.

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Franco-American relations are never easy, tensions driven by the contending visions for Germany in Paris, Washington and London. By the 1950s Britain has begun its precipitous descent to American supplicant. It is a role from which it only begins to escape in the early years of the twenty-first century after a disastrous war in Mesopotamia, the scene of Britain’s last imperial adventure in the 1920s. France and the US had sparred in 1948 and 1949 over Washington’s insistence that Paris stop the practice of dismantling large parts of German industry and infrastructure by way of war reparations.

September 17 NATO—The Early Years: The first session of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) takes place in Washington. September 20/1 The German Question: The Federal Republic of Germany formally comes into being. September The Road to European Union: US Secretary of State Dean Acheson, British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, and French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman meet to discuss the dismantling of German infrastructure and industry by France. The French come under intense pressure from the Americans and British to desist from such practices.

September 10 European Defence Community: The Eden Plan for intergovernmental control of the EDC is killed off as Italian Foreign Minister Alcide de Gasperi suggests that a new ECSC Assembly should be the focus of EDC political control. The ECSC Assembly will become the forerunner of the European Parliament (EP) September 10 European Defence Community: At an ECSC meeting in Luxembourg, the Six agree to appoint a special assembly to interpret Article 38 of the EDC treaty, which spells out its institutional structure, and to draw up a draft treaty for a European Political Community (EPC).

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