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Begins through introducing the origins and ancient improvement of the ecu neighborhood after which progresses to supply an research of the powers, impression and functioning of its relevant associations and political actors in addition to analysing its coverage pursuits and processes.

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Governments were faced with major currency problems, with not being able to pay for their imports, and with the prospect of their economic recoveries coming to a sudden and premature end. In these circumstances, and for reasons that were not altogether altruistic ~ a strong Western Europe was in its political, security and economic interests too ~ the United States stepped in with the offer of Marshall Aid. But it was an offer that had attached to it the condition that the recipient states must endeavour to seek greater economic co-operation between themselves.

The more cautious, and, it may be thought, the more realistic, have limited themselves to modest aims for only some of the states. So, although the logic of circumstances and of political and economic changes have brought the states much more closely together, there can hardly be said to have been a common and coherent integrationist force at work in Western Europe in the postwar years. The states have not been bound together in a common mission. This is not to say that there have not been those who have dreamed of a United States of Europe, or that there have not been many who have participated in new interstate arrangements entertaining hopes that they would constitute a basis for further, more ambitious, developments.

Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister from 1948 to early 1953, acted as the political advocate. Both were ardent supporters of European unity; both believed that the OEEC and the Council of Europe - where anyone could be exempted from a decision - could not provide the impetus that was required; and both came to the conclusion that, in Monnet's words, 'A start would have to be made by doing something both more practical and more ambitious. National sovereignty would have to be tackled more boldly and on a narrower front'.

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