At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the by Thomas Jansen

By Thomas Jansen

The ecu People's occasion, the most important political celebration in Europe, has roots that run deep in heritage. based in 1976 as a Christian Democratic federation, the ecu People's get together is now a powerful centre-right move and a number one eu political relatives. It has member events in just about all ecu international locations, and it's very good represented within the associations of the ecu Union.

This e-book tells the tale of the eu People's social gathering: why it used to be based, the way it is at the moment organised and what its guiding rules, values and ideas are. It provides an updated account of the party's contribution to eu integration, its paintings with its member events and its crucial function in setting up the centre-right in Europe. specially, this ebook is for everybody who desires to comprehend what a European-level political celebration appears like, the way it is established and the way it acts.

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And Bruno Dörpinghaus, ‘Die Genfer Sitzungen – Erste Zusammenkünfte führender christlich-demokratischen Politiker im Nachkriegseuropa’, in Dieter Blumenwitz et al. ), Konrad Adenauer und seine Zeit: Politik und Persönlichkeit des ersten Bundeskanzlers. Vol. ; Michael Gehler, ‘Begegnungsort des Kalten Krieges. ), Christdemokratie in Europa im 20. Jahrhundert (Vienna, 2001), 642–94. The ‘Discussions in Geneva’ took place between 1947 and 1956, but only until 1952 at the level of leading politicians; once the ECSC had been established, there were numerous opportunities for them to meet.

There was general agreement at this meeting about both the logic of cooperation and its intrinsic value. But once again there were quarrels, familiar from the founding of the SIPDIC in 1925, about what form such cooperation should take. This time it was the Swiss, supported by the Italians and the Austrians, who argued for an entente organique of parties going in the same political direction. By this they meant an organisation capable of hammering out a common position and securing common action among its member parties.

31 The NEI described the task at hand as being of ‘especial urgency following the end of the Second World War: on the one hand, the realisation of European union as a first step to a united world; on the other hand, the union of people and parties inspired by Christian Democracy. ’32 A large number of conferences and colloquia followed the founding Congress in Chaudfontaine. In truth, the NEI’s main activity consisted of organising the annual Congresses and study conferences at which topical European issues were discussed.

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