The Decline and Fall of Rome


ALL TOGETHER NOW: European leaders sign the Treaty of Rome, the E.U.'s founding document

It may not be quite the creation story of the U.S. — no Washington crossing the icy Delaware, no gathering of great minds to write a Constitution in Philadelphia — but the founding of what is now the European Union had drama of its own. There was Winston Churchill's 1946 speech in Zurich calling for a United States of Europe; the plan in 1950 by Robert Schuman, France's Foreign Minister, to pool European coal and steel — the muscle of war — under a multinational authority; the emotion at the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic...

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