The Council of Europe and European Unification

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Europe, Council of Europe, unification, policy, international relations


European History | International Relations | Law | Political Science


This paper represents an attempt to give in a small compass an account of the formation and structure of the Council of Europe. It is an analysis of the Council's achievements and failures, its strengths and debilities in an attempt to evaluate this organization's to the living ideal of the European unity.

The Council of Europe was born out of the enthusiasm and the faith in Europe's union as a solution to Europe's problems, which found its most striking manifestation in the Congress that met at The Hague in May 1948. On this occasion nearly one thousand private European citizens, including some of the most eminent men of our time, met together and decided to call upon the Governments for the creation of a European Assembly. Their call met with a quick response from the five governments which had already joined together in the Brussels Treaty Organization. In the negotiations that followed, the original idea of the Hague Congress underwent some modification, but it led directly--and surprisingly rapidly--tot he signature of the Statute of the Council of Europe by ten European Governments.

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