New PDF release: An Historical Introduction to the European Union

By Philip Thody

ISBN-10: 0203448731

ISBN-13: 9780203448731

ISBN-10: 0415171075

ISBN-13: 9780415171076

An historic creation to the eu Union is a chronological political background of ecu integration from the Fifties to the current. additionally it is a contextualising survey of wider ecu heritage because the 1600s, and areas unification opposed to a historical past of worldwide politics. This sincerely written advent to the basic heritage, economics and politics of the ecu Union assumes no previous wisdom. It bargains a close account of the Union with sections on: * how the Union works * uncomplicated rules of the Union * arguments over contested practices, together with agriculture * problems with the chilly battle, growth, and the function of the USA * language * unmarried eu foreign money With an annotated bibliography, chronology and consultant to the associations of the eu Union, An old advent to the eu Union accommodates the latest learn and distinctive remedy of the regulations of the ecu Union.

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The oil crisis also emphasised the absence of a common foreign policy. The German Federal Republic, like Holland, tended to see the sudden increase in the price of oil as a new weapon used by the Arab states in what was then the constant aim of their foreign policy: that of destroying Israel and repeating the effects of Hitler’s holocaust by driving all the Jews into the Mediterranean. Defeated on the field of battle in 1948 and 1967, and held to a draw in the fighting which began with the attack on Israel on the eve of Yom Kippour, on 6 October 1973, the Moslem states allied against Israel turned to economic warfare.

2 Organisation and powers INITIATIVES, DECISIONS AND VOTES The Commission There were a number of reasons why the United Kingdom refused to join the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1951, and why it also declined the invitation to be a founder member of the European Community in 1958. One of these, already mentioned in Chapter 1, was the refusal of the Labour government of 1945 to involve itself in an organisation which was seen as based on the essentially capitalist principle of private ownership as the means of production, distribution and exchange.

We are in polities’. The European Community, especially in its early years, nevertheless followed the example of the 1951 Treaty of Paris, setting up the ECSC, in not trying to bring about this unity at a single stroke. One of its first aims was the disappearance of all tariff barriers, and quota restrictions between the six member countries. This, it was agreed, would take place in stages over a twelve-year period. In fact, the process went so smoothly that the last customs duties between the six member states were abolished on 1 July 1968, a year and a half earlier than planned.

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