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How coal and steel built the EU

In 1950 the Schuman Declaration ended Europe’s disastrous arms race and opened up the cooperation which created the EU. It still offers lessons for both May and Macron

By Paul Wallace  

French head of economic scheduling Jean Monnet (r) receives a box of printer's ink by state secretary Walter Hallstein (l) on the 7th of April in 1951 as Germany's contribution to the printing of the Schuman declaration ©dpa/DPA/PA Images

Today marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 9th May 1950. Few in Brexiteer Britain will know about this moment when French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed what became the European Coal and Steel Community. This year’s anniversary is in any case eclipsed by the celebration in March of the 60th birthday of the Treaty…

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