Thursday 22 February 2018

Karen Coleman: Greece may be spark to ignite disarray in EU

Karen Coleman

ON May 9, 1950, Robert Schuman, the then foreign minister of France, delivered a speech that would ultimately lead to the foundation of the European Union.

On that day, Mr Schuman proposed that France and Germany would pool their coal and steel resources and form a new organisation which other countries could join. His visionary proposal emerged out of the ashes of World War Two. Mr Schuman was determined to prevent another war breaking out in Europe. He felt that the control of coal and steel production was key to that prevention because they were the essential raw materials for the armaments industry.

Mr Schuman believed that whoever controlled their production also commanded the levers of power over war and peace in Europe.

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