may memories / 09

 NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

9th May, 1950 : M. Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, today took a first step towards creating a European Federation, by proposing a combined “High Authority’, to control the coal and steel production of France and Germany. The organisation, which would also be open to other European states including Russia, would modernise industries, unify the tariffs of its members and control the export of their products. Schuman said his plan would create a “basis for solidarity” and would serve as a foundation for a united Europe.

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