By M. Schaad
This examine explores the formula, strategies and effect of Britain's diplomatic efforts to urge the German govt to desert, alter and later to magnify the eu financial neighborhood. Its major competition is that British international relations among the Messina convention of 1955 and the 1st club program of 1961 was once counterproductive.
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From Indifference to Hostility: Britain, Germany and the Messina Project 23 The Spaak Committee deliberations If the Hallstein statement represented a temporary compromise reached in the interministerial consultations, it did not put an end to the debate about details of European integration within the German government. Though the experts seemed at an early stage to have agreed on the customs union idea preferred by the Economics Ministry and had rejected both free trade arrangements and sectoral approaches, Erhard still feared that important powers over national ﬁnancial and economic policy would be subjected to supranational control.
Britain’s Plan G The failed attempt to persuade the German government to abandon the Common Market negotiations had left British policy towards European integration in disarray. The subsequent 16 months were dominated by two interrelated developments: the drafting of the Treaty of Rome and the emergence of a British inspired OEEC plan for a Free Trade Area surrounding and including the Six. In the context of this study, the central question is, of course, whether the latter was meant to undermine the former, and, in doing so, whether it was aimed speciﬁcally at German discontent with the negotiations on the Six-power customs union.
71 These two memoranda were to form the basis for Burke Trend’s Mutual Aid Committee working group in preparing their report for ministers to take the decision about participation. However, before ministers received the report, British representation at the Spaak Committee had come to an end. Although there had for some time been a discussion within government about whether and when to withdraw, it remains unclear whether the British representative, Russell Bretherton, Under-Secretary at the Board of Trade, did indeed withdraw from the committee, or whether he was dismissed by Spaak.
Bullying Bonn: Anglo-German Diplomacy on European Integration, 1955-61 (St. Antony's Series) by M. Schaad