BABY STEPS FOR EUROPE
FROM 1955 TO 1960
After the failure of the EDC, the six Member States of the ECSC met at the Conference of Messine and affirmed, in June 1955, their “intention to move to a new level on the path towards European construction, and most importantly, in the area of economics”. France, the United Kingdom and Israel were obliged to back 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.