1950-1954 : No to a European Army

No to a European Army

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From 1950 to 1954

The 1950 invasion of South Korea by communist North Korean troops caused fear amongst the two great powers on the European soil. In order to resist the soviet threat, the United States asked their allies to prepare for the rearmament of West Germany. The Schuman plan and the creation of the ECSC inspired hope for quick integration in Europe, including the military and political sectors.

The EDC project planned to create a European army under a sole commander, which would include the future German units. The debate caused outrage between the partisans and the opponents of the federalist approach.
The French National Assembly rejected both the EDC and the EPC in 1954.

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