European Integration: A Historical Overview

Kai Purnhagen

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In his speech in Zurich in September 1946, Winston Churchill called for a United States of Europe coalition modelled on the United States of America. The past had taught that international peace treaties were no effective means to keep peace in Europe on a sustainable basis. This chapter outlines the historical steps of the European integration process from the foundation of the European Coal and Steel Community to Brexit. This includes the different steps of building the European Union (EU) following the sequence of treaties and enlargements and related reforms. It critically assesses this development and, based on this assessment, illustrates what could like be the future of the EU integration process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEU Bioeconomy Economics and Policies
EditorsL. Dries, W. Heijman, R. Jongeneel, K. Purnhagen, J. Wesseler
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030286347
ISBN (Print)9783030286330
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Advances in Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies
ISSN (Print)2524-5848
ISSN (Electronic)2524-5856


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