The Red Books Collection

« The Red Books are a great source of inspiration, a real mine of knowledge about the birth and development of the European Union. »
Jacques F. Poos, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


« The Red Books published by the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe are works that are consistently out of the ordinary, exploring the memories of those who participated in the adventure of European construction. »
Michel Theys, Journalist in charge of the European Library of Agence Europe in Brussels.

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Henri Rieben in front of the Red Books collection
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The first Red Book, published in 1957
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Created in 1957, the Red Books collection now comprises 215 titles. It continues to grow with regular new publications.

The Red Books were conceived as a link and a vector promoting reflection and information between different sectors, such as the academic and political, and that formed by students and citizens looking for instruction and information. As a result, the major concern that connects all these published works, is that of addressing a wide public, composed above all of subscribers – a public that is remarkable in its diversity, proximity, curiosity, and loyalty, and without whom the collection would not exist.

Since its creation, the collection has fulfilled a dual purpose:

  • feeding the debate on the integration process by publishing studies and standpoints;
  • preserving and developingthe memory of European construction by collecting and publishing protagonists’ accounts.

One cannot speak of the Red Books without mentioning the Centre of European Research, also created by Professor Rieben, who held the first Chair of European Integration over 50 years ago. These are two strongly-connected initiatives that anchor European studies in Lausanne; two initiatives with which Jean Monnet is tightly associated and that mark the chain of events that led to the donation of his archives and the creation of the Foundation in 1978.

In 2007, the 209th Red Book became the first Red Book to be co-published with Economica, one of the great European publishers based in Paris and Geneva and managed by Jean Pavlevski, thus extending the impact of the collection to international academic circles.

The latest work of the collection, published in June, 2015, is entitled Relations transatlantiques face aux défis du monde global. It was written by Gilles Grin, Director of the Foundation, Régis Clavé, Head of the Foundation’s archives and Françoise Nicod, scientific consultant and former Head of the Foundation’s archives.

Those interested can subscribe to the Red Books collection.

Publications can be also bought individually from the Foundation’s secretariat (+41 21 692 20 90 /

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Article by Bertil Galland, published in May, 1995 in 24Heures, on the occasion of the publication of the 200th Red Book, Germany and Europe