Building the House (1973–1977)

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI:
Building the House (1973–1977)

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This chapter discusses the accomplishments and challenges faced by the European Political Co-operation (EPC) from 1973 to 1977. The EPC reached its first high in July 1973 when the Copenhagen Report was approved and the Danish Foreign Minister opened the Ministerial phase of the Helsinki Conference on behalf of the Nine. But after that, the EPC found itself with no clear future agenda and facing the challenge of defining its relationship with the U.S. in response to the ‘Year of Europe’ initiative by Henry Kissinger. The October War further elevated tensions with the U.S. but the EPC continued to make decisive input into the Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) and in July 1975 the Final Act of Helsinki was signed. During this period, the EPC's scope began to widen and it was no longer confined to the CSCE and the Middle East.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; Helsinki Conference; Copenhagen Report; Year of Europe; Henry Kissinger; Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe; political co-operation; international relations

Chapter.  25980 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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