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The Western European Union- The birth of the Western European Union began some 28 years ago on May 6th 1955 However this alliance was formed from the original Treaty of Dunkirk The Treaty of Dunkirk was an Anglo-French alliance which was signed on March 4th 1947 when the two signatories agreed to give mutual support to each other should the event of renewed German aggression show its face again It was also to agree on a common action should either signatory be prejudiced by any failure of Germany to fulfil its economic obligations which were enforced upon her by the allies at the end of WWII The Treaty of Dunkirk was enhanced within only 12 months with the signing of The Brussels Treaty This was a Treaty of Economic Social and Cultural Co-operation and Collective Self Defence signed on March 17th 1948 by the countries of Belgium France Luxembourg the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and was implemented by the UK Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin This new and enhanced Treaty of Dunkirk was to be given the name of the Brussels Treaty Organisation BTO Among the aims of the treaty were the strengthening of economic social and cultural ties between the signatories the co-ordination of efforts to create a firm basis for European economic recovery and mutual assistance in maintaining international peace and security Of the Brussels treaty two articles in particular need mentioning Article 4 of treaty provided for mutual assistance in maintaining international peace and security While article 7 created a Consultative Council to discuss matters covered by the treaty Over the coming years more talks were held on the formation of a European Defence Council however these talks broke down and proved fruitless A new set of
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