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How did the Franco-German alliance promote the idea of the European Community and the Union INTRODUCTION For hundreds of years Europe has always been in internal turmoil Maybe its because of language barriers religion historical events of differences in politics the economy or even culture no-one knows for sure What we do know is that this constant bickering has led to two devestating world wars claiming millions and millions of lives and that since the end of the second war things have gone fairly well There has not been a world war in over 50 years and co-operation between States has never been better But what was the cause for such a dramatic change Many answers may come to mind but anyone one them will have the same origin that is the co-operation between France and West Germany The following will try to identify how exactly did the Franco-German alliance help promote the idea of a united Europe and the Creation of the European Union EU by looking back at the first co-operation between the two the European Coal and Steel Community ECSC how it led to the creation of the European Economic Community EEC to eventually become the European Union EUROPEAN COAL AND STEEL COMMUNITY The man responsible for concocting this idea is a man by the name of Robert Schuman the French Foreign Minister from 1948 to 1953 He announced his plan in 1950 a plan which he said was the first step in the realisation of a vision a vision of a united Europe which would have Franco-German reconciliation at its heart To put it simply the Scuman Plan as it was called would unite countries into an alliance in which all customs barriers against the trade of coal and steel would be abolished to create a commun market for these products and at the same time would
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