This seminal reference tool provides a detailed chronological
account of the development of European integration from the
fragmentation at the end of the Second World War to the launch of
the Euro on 31st December 1998. It offers a descriptive summary of
important events, measures, arrangements, conferences and ideas
that shaped the progress towards integration. Wim Vanthoor's
chronology reveals that the attainment of political unions referred
to by Winston Churchill in 1946 as `The United States of Europe',
was on the one hand a controversial point in the struggle for
integration while on the other it was always kept in view as the
ultimate objective. The author comes to the conclusion that with
the creation of the economic and monetary union the efforts to
achieve European political unification have reached an interim
phase. Previous experience suggests that, in the long run, the
European Union needs to be deepened in order to create the
supranationality which the founding fathers of the European
Community already had in mind when they signed the Treaty of Rome
in 1957. This reference work will prove invaluable to students,
scholars and professionals interested in the development of the
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