Bullying Bonn: Anglo-German Diplomacy on European by M. Schaad

By M. Schaad

This learn explores the formula, strategies and effect of Britain's diplomatic efforts to urge the German govt to desert, alter and later to amplify the ecu financial neighborhood. Its major rivalry is that British international relations among the Messina convention of 1955 and the 1st club software of 1961 was once counterproductive.

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64 28 Bullying Bonn: Anglo-German Diplomacy, 1955–61 In the same correspondence, it was, however, made clear that ‘the present trend of thought was towards a European customs union’ since ‘it could not be imposed by a single act but demanded gradual bringing together of the relevant conditions in the different countries and this could best be done by a lot of little steps and not supranational authorities’. The visit of the German Minister of Finance was widely regarded as an opportunity to sound out ‘just how far the Germans would be prepared to go to meet the French’.

Instead, the Mutual Aid Committee agreed that the Six should be told that Britain could not take part in the Common Market, and that they should keep the OEEC fully informed. The committee recommended that the time before the publication of the Spaak report should be used to formulate an alternative non-discriminatory scheme, which could tempt the Six away from concluding their own plans. From Indifference to Hostility: Britain, Germany and the Messina Project 31 In early November, the Economic Steering Committee (ES) discussed and approved the Trend report before it was due to be considered by ministers in the Cabinet’s Economic Policy Committee (EP).

Adenauer’s support for his Foreign Ministry was motivated, not by a preference for any particular form of economic integration, but by the will to see Western cohesion and prosperity strengthened in the face of mounting East–West tensions. The Auswärtiges Amt had been responsible for gently pushing the Chancellor to favour the Common Market over the looser OEEC-style integration favoured by the British. Now Adenauer and the Common Market enthusiasts in the German government were worried about the possibility of British attempts to wreck the scheme.

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