The Netherlands and European Integration, 1950 to Present
The Netherlands and European Integration, 1950 to Present
Andy Brown
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Prologue: Dinner in Laeken (1989)
Kohl's great leap forward
The surgeons of French Realpolitiek
Exploiting Franco-German reconciliation
The Netherlands between Anglo-Saxons and Teutons
Journey to the continent

1 American concepts: building Europe (1947-1949)
Eternal division

2 Magical realism (1949-1951)
Putting the country's mental stability to the test
The Germany memorandum
Atlantis and bloc formation within the Western bloc
The Netherlands taken by surprise
Manufacturing a tranquillizer

3 The Beyen Plan (1951-1954)
The letter from 'the Ten'
Red versus Catholic
From Europe
A game for insiders

4 Around Cologne cathedral (1954-1957)
Adenauer's Abendland
Coordination through Europe's backchannels
With the Benelux to Sicily
Rebirth as a market
The latest trend
The Treaties of Rome

5 A Europe of conspiracies (1957-1968)
Faust in Paris
Rhetoric and intrigue
Market expansion by a gentleman farmer
Silence is golden

6 At home in the Basel biotope (1968-1974)
American dreams
An alternative loan circuit
Holtrop's logic
Masters of the interim stage

7 Sturm und Drang (1974-1982)
Late conversion
The monetary trilemma
Failure for Duisenberg
The stick of free movement of capital

8 The hand of French-German friendship (1982-1989)
A community united by blood
Celebrating success and earning money
Work in progress
The Delors report

9 After Strasbourg: a different party than expected (1989-1992)
Piet's work of art
The consequences

10 European realities: defining Europe after the Cold War
The direction of integration
The 1990s and after
The tragedy of Maastricht and Amsterdam
A rediscovery

Epilogue: the call of Calypso

Sources and references
Index of names
Subject index

Mathieu Segers

The Netherlands and European Integration, 1950 to Present

On 9 May 1950, France launched a revolutionary plan for supranational cooperation in Western Europe. The Netherlands was taken completely by surprise. In the decades that followed, European integration moved forward at an unprecedented pace, taking the Netherlands with it. Geography and the post-war world seemed to leave the country no other choice. European integration forced — and is still forcing — the Netherlands on a far-reaching ‘journey to the continent’. For the Netherlands, European integration represents a difficult journey to a new old world that often seems far off. How has that journey progressed so far? Why did the Netherlands join the common European market and currency from the very beginning? Was this course inevitable? And where has it brought the country? Using new, international source material, The Netherlands and European Integration, 1950 to Present digs deeply into the history of the Netherlands in Europe — a subject that is today more topical than ever.

Mathieu Segers

Mathieu Segers (1976) is Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University.