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The early years: European integration as a system of conflict resolution in the Franco-German relationship (1950–63)

Boyka Stefanova

in The Europeanisation of Conflict Resolutions

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083396
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703175 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083396.003.0003
The early years: European integration as a system of conflict resolution in the Franco-German relationship (1950–63)

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This chapter presents a case study concerning the application of regional integration as a system of conflict resolution in the example of the Franco-German relationship of the 1950s. It traces early attempts to break the cycle of punitive peace between France and Germany, and analyses the meaning of Europeanisation during the 1950s as a strategy of peace-building accomplished through joint policy-making in the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the institutionalisation of a customs union through the European Economic Community (EEC). This chapter also highlights the significance of Europeanisation for domestic political pluralism and for the politicisation of economic interdependence.

Keywords: regional integration; conflict resolution; Franco-German relationship; Europeanisation; ECSC; EEC; political pluralism; economic interdependence

Chapter.  15642 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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