The Origins

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI:
The Origins

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This chapter discusses the origins of the European Political Co-operation (EPC), the foreign policy arm of the European Community (EC). The EPC did not develop solely out the Davignon Report of 1970. It originated from several attempts to develop a political authority that would be responsible for foreign policy issues in Western Europe. Thus, its structure and approach reflect twenty-five years of debate about the desirability of such a political body in the region. Though the EPC has focused on practical matters since 1970, the debate between federalism and inter-governmentalism is still very much alive.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; Davignon Report; foreign policy; political authority; political co-operation; federalism; Western Europe

Chapter.  7934 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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