ABSTRACT

It is time at last to attempt to determine the extent to which the ideas of the French and German elites reviewed above, as filtered through the national bureaucracies, shaped the provisions of the Treaty of Rome with respect to the four themes analysed in this book - supranational institutions, social harmonisation, agriculture and the association of the overseas territories. Both French and German leaders agreed that the European Economic Community was about the political unification of Europe, though the French did not say so very loudly for fear of arousing anti-European sentiment in the National Assembly (AA, Sept. 1956, [date unspecified]).