216 Red Books

➢ Mobilité et libre circulation en Europe; un regard suisse. 

216th Red Book published in February 2017.

 

Relations transatlantiques face aux défis du monde global.

215th Red Book published in June 2015.

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Une longue histoire commune honore le passé, assoit le présent et donne des gages à l’avenir. La force du partenariat euro-américain résulte de cette caractéristique. Dès la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, l’Europe de l’Ouest bénéficiait de la protection du parapluie nucléaire américain et les Etats-Unis d’un accès au marché européen offrant un débouché à leurs exportations.

Si la relation transatlantique a connu des périodes de disharmonie, aucune d’elles cependant n’a sérieusement remis en cause cette solidarité. Même les récentes affaires d’espionnage n’ont pas réussi à entraver les négociations entre les Etats-Unis et l’Union européenne visant à établir un partenariat transatlantique de commerce et d’investissement. De fait, la relation transatlantique représente près de la moitié du PIB mondial, c’est dire si les Etats-Unis et l’Europe ont des intérêts communs à préserver ensemble.

Il serait cependant erroné de croire que la compétition n’a pas sa place dans une relation qui se caractérise depuis ses débuts par une oscillation constante entre coopération et concurrence. Si les Etats-Unis et l’Europe sont tenus de rester ouverts au monde, les autres partenaires que sont en particulier le Brésil, la Russie, l’Inde, la Chine et l’Afrique du Sud, ne cessent d’interroger la solidité du binôme qui domine la scène internationale.

Bien qu’il serait infondé d’attendre de la coopération euro-américaine qu’elle soit exclusive, la question se pose désormais pour l’Europe de savoir si elle reste vis-à-vis des Etats-Unis un partenaire privilégié à l’heure où ces derniers développent un partenariat transpacifique.

Contributions de Gérard Bossuat, José Maria Gil-Robles, Jacqueline Grapin, Gilles Grin, Catherine Guisan, Daniel S. Hamilton, Jussi Hanhimäki, Robert Hunter, Philippe Larédo et Lionel Villard, Barry F. Machado, Sophie Meunier, Philippe G. Nell, Sergio Rossi, Pierre Vimont.

 

Jean Monnet – Actualité d’un bâtisseur de l’Europe unie.

214th Red Book published in October 2013.

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The outstanding fate of the one de Gaulle called ”The inspirer” and Kennedy described as ”a statesman of the world” took Jean Monnet to several continents.

World leaders considered him their equal: Clemenceau, Blum, Schuman and de Gaulle, Chiang Kai-shek, Churchill, Roosevelt and Kennedy, Adenauer, Brandt and many other statesmen besides listened to and followed this surprising Frenchman, come from Cognac to resolve world affairs.

However Jean Monnet’s biggest initiative was the construction of Europe: he invented the integration method, which from 1950, allowed the search for common European interest while respecting national identities. From then on, and up to his death in 1979, he became the father of Europe, using his considerable influence day after day to make concrete improvements to the continent.

Jean Monnet’s (1888–1979) work was immense and made lasting changes to our lives. It remains a source of inspiration for all those who believe that the idea of Europe is an answer to the challenges of our time.

Pascal Fontaine, born in 1948, was Jean Monnet’s last assistant, with whom he worked from 1973 to 1977. Author of works and articles on European construction, he is Honorary Director to the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe in Lausanne, and teaches at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris.

 

Suisse – Communauté européenne. Au cœur des négociations sur l’Espace économique européen.

213th Red Book, published in May, 2012.

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How did the European Community, Switzerland, and their partners from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) handle the biggest and most complex negotiation in their history? Twenty years after the signing of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement on 2 May, 1992 in Porto, Philippe G. Nell published his unique perspective on the political debate in Switzerland, the art of negotiation, and the reasons leading to the request to join the EC. Over the course of the book, a multitude of prestigious and committed players reveal the expectations, surprises, dramas, disappointments, and successes of an agreement whose pertinence continues today.

New material on :

  • the huge stakes and the key points of the negotiations
  • the official and informal meetings between Swiss diplomats and their EFTA partners with the European Union
  • the debate in the Federal Council of Switzerland on the EEA
  • European political options
  • the key protagonists in the negotiations, in a context marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, including, on  the Swiss side, Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, René Felber and Franz Blankart, and on the EC front Jacques Delors, Frans Andriessen and Horst Krenzler

Philippe G. Nell, lecturer, doctor in international studies, economist, and currently diplomatic minister in charge of bilateral relations between Switzerland and the Americas in the Swiss Economic Affairs department, he played a key role in the EEA negotiations. He teaches at the universities of Basel and Fribourg and has published many articles on the politics of integration and trade.

 

 

Une dynamique européenne. Le Comité d’action pour les États-Unis d’Europe.

212th Red Book published in June 2011.

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Proceedings of the symposium organised by the Foundation in September 2009 on the theme “The Action Committee for the United States of Europe: methods, action, influence”

In addition to studying the Action Committee (its creation, composition, functioning, role, and influence) and the figure of Jean Monnet (his political philosophy, methodology, and personal connections), the book reflects the latest state of research on several topics related to the evolution of the European Union from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1970s:

  • The role of Germany in Europe, in particular Franco-German relations;
  • Italian domestic politics from the 1950s to the 1970s;
  • The long genesis of European monetary integration;
  • Social issues of European integration and the beginnings of Community social policy;
  • The first enlargement of the European Communities, in particular the accession of the United Kingdom;
  • The energy challenges of Europe;
  • Security issues;
  • The federal systems around the examples of Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and the European Community under construction.

With contributions from historians, economists and lawyers: Antonio Varsori, Jan van der Harst, Martial Libera, Maria Grazia Melchionni, Elsa Glombard, Guido Thiemeyer, Philippe Mioche, Nicolae Paun, Radu Albu-Comanescu, Valérie Aubourg, Klaus Schwabe, Gilles Grin, Christine Kaddous, Gérard Bossuat and Wilfried Loth, enhanced by the views of protagonists and witnesses: Enrique Barón Crespo, Jacques Barrot, Pascal Fontaine, José María Gil-Robles, Jacques-René Rabier, Eric Roussel and Mário Soares.

 

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