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

By Julian Lindley-French

A Chronology of ecu safeguard and Defence 1945-2006 is a special and authoritative resource of reference for all people with an curiosity in eu security and defense over the past 60 years. An commonly annotated chronology, the booklet bargains a blow-by-blow account of the occasions that experience formed the Europe of this present day. The publication conscientiously locations every one occasion in context, explaining what occurred, the place, while, and why. Month-by-month, year-by-year Europe's contemporary previous is laid out and defined. With its obtainable structure, wealthy aspect, and balanced research, the publication can be crucial analyzing and reference for students, scholars, policy-makers and policy-analysts alike.

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Second, the build-up of NATO forces should precede that of West Germany. Third, the West German contribution should be wholly integrated into a European Army with no West German Army. Fourth, rearmament should be carried out only with the agreement of the German people. The last point provides the Soviet propaganda machine with an opportunity to sway West German public opinion. February 15 European Defence Community: The Paris Conference on the creation of a European Army commences. Known officially as La Conférence pour l’Organisation de l’Armée Européenne, it has five participants: France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

December 15 European Defence Community: Concluding a visit to Paris, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issues a communiqué saying that whilst Britain will not join the EDC it will co-operate as closely as possible. December 20 European Defence Community: US Secretary of State Dean Acheson states publicly that he hopes the New Schuman Plan for the EDC is enough to persuade Britain to participate. 1951 [35] December 27–30 European Defence Community: The foreign and defence ministers of the six EDC states agree that the community is a step along the path to eventual European unification.

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). This political community would take over the powers and institutions of both the ECSC and the EDC and harmonize the two. However, the success of the initiative depends on the ratification of the EDC treaty.

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