In his editorial of 13 May 1970, Emanuele Gazzo, Editor-in-Chief of Agence Europe, reveals, with a view to the first enlargement, the challenges posed by the work of the Davignon Committee on the political unification of the Six.
In his editorial of 14 May 1970, Emanuele Gazzo, Editor-in-Chief of Agence Europe, analyses the implications of the political unification of the Six, with a view to enlargement and in the light of the Davignon Report.
On 2 July 1970, during a press conference in the Élysée Palace, the French President, Georges Pompidou, answers questions posed by the journalist, Lucienne Hubert-Rodier, on the chances of achieving greater political cooperation at Community level.
During an interview for the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on 1 December 1970, Walter Hallstein, President of the European Commission from 1958 to 1967, calls for the strengthening of political cooperation at Community level.
On 5 January 1972, Otto-Axel Herbst and Berndt von Staden, Directors-General in the German Foreign Ministry, analyse the institutional development of the European Communities and put forward proposals for greater European political cooperation.
In his editorial broadcast on 6 April 1972 on RTL radio, referring to the referendum for the ratification of the United Kingdom’s Treaty of Accession to the European Communities, Bernard Lefort, French journalist, comments on the main thrust of the European political agenda of Georges Pompidou, President of the French Republic, by comparing it to the proposals and approach of his predecessor, General Charles de Gaulle.
In August 1972, the German cartoonist, Felix Mussil, illustrates the difficulties facing the Nine in establishing European Political Cooperation (EPC) and reconciling national interests and common policy.
On 10 April 1976, during an interview broadcast on RTL, Leo Tindemans, the Belgian Prime Minister, discusses the need for the European Communities to devise a common defence strategy. He also discusses the controversy caused by Belgium’s having purchased American fighter aircraft instead of French Mirages.