Building a lasting peace: the European Union construction [fr]
At the end of the World War II, Europe was destroyed, left in ruins, and a lot of people were killed.
Everything needed to be rebuilt and it was imperative that the European nations prevent another World War.
The difficulty was finding a way to build conditions of a lasting peace between countries that had been bitter enemies for years on end, to build healthy foundations for the future relations between those States.
The biggest problem laid in the relationship between France and Germany, who had been harsh enemies for decades.
The primary objective of Euroepan reconstruction was to create a lasting bond between those two countries, a bond that would spread between all the free countries of Europe, in order to build a permanent, peaceful community together.
On May 9, 1950, Robert Schuman, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs stated: “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”
To learn more about the milestones of the European Construction, click here.
Article published May 31, 2014.