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The European Union

March 4 @ 10:00 am - March 18 @ 12:00 pm

£7.00 - £18.00
The origins and complex history of the European Union.

This series of three talks by Dr. June Neilson on Mondays from 10 am to 12 noon, examines the vision and reality of the idea of European unity following the horrors of World War II.

Arising from the physical and economic ruins of post-war Europe, politicians sought ways to establish peace and eradicate future wars. The solution lay in the foundation of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 whereby six countries entrusted their coal and steel industries to a new federal community. Two further communities followed in 1958 and a period of enlargement began in 1973. Later consolidations of the communities were carried out to produce eventually The European Union. This course will examine the origins, history, and workings of the European Union.

At the end of World War II in 1945, Europe’s physical and economic infrastructures were shattered. Two Frenchmen searched for ways to establish peace so that future war would be unthinkable. Their solution was to concentrate on the two industries which made war possible at that time, namely, coal and steel. They proposed to bring these two industries under a federal umbrella and thus the European Coal and Steel Community came into existence in 1952. These endeavours together with the later developments resulting in the European Union will be examined in Lecture 1(4th March).

Lecture 2 (11th March) will focus on the workings of the institutions of the European Union to illustrate how decisions are made.

Lecture 3 (18 March) will be devoted to a particular policy area to illuminate the European Union in practice. Women’s issues have been chosen since they constitute one of the success stories of the European Union.

Tea and coffee will be served, and all are welcome. There is no need to print out and bring your ticket, as we will have a record of your booking.

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March 4 @ 10:00 am
March 18 @ 12:00 pm
£7.00 - £18.00


William Elder Building
56-58 Castlegate
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1JT United Kingdom