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A Bridge too Far (1982–1986)

Simon J. Nuttall

in European Political Co-operation

Published in print July 1992 | ISBN: 9780198273189
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273189.003.0007
A Bridge too Far (1982–1986)

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This chapter discusses the activities of the European Political Co-operation (EPC) during the period from 1982 to 1986. After the adoption of the London Report in 1981, the EPC established a Secretariat and ended the restrictions on its full association with the European Commission (EC). During the following years, there was an increasing unease in Europe, particularly on the issue of East—West relations, and this left the EPC torn between supporting its ally and maintaining the policies it believed to be right. This was further complicated by the Solemn Declaration of Stuttgart initiated by Federal German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and his Italian counterpart Emilio Colombo. But the EPC was able to effectively deal with these issues with the assistance provided by the EC.

Keywords: European Political Co-operation; London Report; Secretariat; European Commission; East—West relations; Hans-Dietrich Genscher; Emilio Colombo; political co-operation

Chapter.  21593 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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