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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 ecu security and protection over the past 60 years. An widely annotated chronology, the ebook deals a blow-by-blow account of the occasions that experience formed the Europe of this day. The publication conscientiously locations each one occasion in context, explaining what occurred, the place, whilst, and why. Month-by-month, year-by-year Europe's fresh earlier is laid out and defined. With its obtainable format, wealthy aspect, and balanced research, the ebook can be crucial interpreting and reference for students, scholars, policy-makers and policy-analysts alike.

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January 5–9 European Defence Community: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill goes to Washington to discuss the European Defence Community with US President Harry S. Truman and to ensure the so-called ‘special relationship’ remains intact in spite of the British refusal to join the EDC. January 26–7 European Defence Community: The foreign ministers of the Six meet in Paris and agree that the Board of Commissioners that will oversee the work of the EDC should consist of nine High Commissioners, each serving for six years.

In the event of an overwhelming conventional invasion of Western Europe by the Red Army the West would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons. For Germans such a ‘solution’ is at best double-edged and over time they begin to say so. The German Question does, however, lead to a novel experiment in European integration—the European Defence Community or EDC. Determined to prevent the re-emergence of German military divisions, France and other Europeans finally accept the need for German manpower to relieve hard-pressed Americans of responsibilities in both Europe and Asia.

By this seminal act the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) is founded, as France and Germany remove economic tensions caused by coal on one side of the border fuelling industry on the other. It is more than a mere fix. It is the first step on the road to European Union. NATO’S FORWARD PRESENCE NATO is as ever the bell-wether of these tensions played out as they invariably are in the North Atlantic Council (NAC), the supreme decision-making body of the Alliance. However, below the radar screen of the geopolitics of alliance the day-to-day work goes on, building what is first and foremost a nuclear alliance.

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