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Simon J. Nuttall

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273189.001.0001

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The Origins

The Origins

(p.30) 2 The Origins
European Political Co-operation

Simon J. Nuttall

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the origins of the European Political Co-operation (EPC), the foreign policy arm of the European Community (EC). The EPC did not develop solely out the Davignon Report of 1970. It originated from several attempts to develop a political authority that would be responsible for foreign policy issues in Western Europe. Thus, its structure and approach reflect twenty-five years of debate about the desirability of such a political body in the region. Though the EPC has focused on practical matters since 1970, the debate between federalism and inter-governmentalism is still very much alive.

Keywords:   European Political Co-operation, Davignon Report, foreign policy, political authority, political co-operation, federalism, Western Europe

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