BABY STEPS FOR EUROPE
From 1955 to 1960
After the failure of the EDC, the six Member States of the ECSC met at the Messina Conference and affirmed, in June 1955, their intention “to go a step further towards the conscrution of Europe […] first at all […] in the economic field”. France, the United Kingdom and Israel had to climb down and accept Egypt’s nationalization of the Suez Canal. This crisis confirmed London’s alignment with the USA in terms of foreign policy. Despite the British reservations and thanks to the bilateral dialogue between France and Konrad Adenauer’s government, the stances of the Inner Six edged closer until the signing of the Treaties of Rome on 25 March 1957, instituting the EEC and Euratom.