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.
A long shared history honours the past, consolidates the present and dares the future. The power of the euro-american partnership is the result of this. From the end of the Second World War Western Europe benefits of the American nuclear protection and the United States of the access to the european market opening doors to their exportations.
If the transatlantic relations have met periods of friction/ dissonancy, none has really challenged the achieved solidarity. Not even the most recent cases of spying have succeeded to impede the negotiations for a transatlantic trade and investment partnership between the European Union and the United States. Actually, this transatlantic partnership represents half of the global GDP, which means both parties have common interests to protect/preserve together.
However, it would be a mistake to imply that competition is not part of this relation. In fact, it has been, since the beginning, a constant oscillation from cooperation and strife. Whether the United States and Europe are to stay open to the world, other partners as Brasil, Russia, India, China and South Africa keep questioning this solidarity which dominates the international scene.
Even though hoping for an exclusive euro-american cooperation would be uncalled for, the question that Europe should now reflect on is whether it remains the privileged partner for the US, since the country is currently building a transpacific partnership.
Contributions from 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.
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.
- Review in the daily Bulletin Europe, 3 December, 2013
- Review in Le Temps, 20 December, 2013, by Jacqueline Grapin
- Link to the site of the European Institute of Washington, review by Jacqueline Grapin
➢ Suisse – Communauté européenne. Au cœur des négociations sur l’Espace économique européen.
213th Red Book, published in May, 2012.
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.
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.