European integration has progressed through a set of overlapping and sometimes competing organizations of diverse membership. Other organizations have crumbled or never advanced beyond the drawing boards of their architects. This book offers a wide range of texts, including official declarations, draft treaties, internal memoranda, parliamentary speeches, polemics and legal judgements, selected to illustrate the vitality, passion and uncertainty of the debate on European integration. Each chapter includes a critical introduction, extensive guides to further readings and a detailed chronology.

The extensive chapter introductions provide a comprehensive overview of the complex process of integration, assess developments in both east and west, and set them in their historical context. Coverage extends from the ideas of European federalists at the end of the First World War, through to the origins and development of the Marshall Plan, Comecon, the Council of Europe, the European Communities, NATO and the WEU, the Warsaw Pact and the OSCE.