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The First Attempts to Unify Europe for Specific Purposes and British Flexibility

  • Tanel KerikmäeEmail author
  • Archil Chochia
  • David Ramiro Troitiño
  • Andrea Hrebickova


This chapter describes the initial effort of Briand, who presented his proposal for the creation of the United States of Europe through memorandum. This organization had to be based on peace like the League of Nation and had to create European market, which meant criticism from the UK as a protagonist of liberalization of trade and the main reason this attempt failed. Second part of the chapter is about Anglo-French Union, which had as a goal the protection of France against defeating by Germany and it was the only possibility how to keep France in the war. This proposal of Anglo-French Union had many similarities with the previous proposal of Briand.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanel Kerikmäe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Archil Chochia
    • 1
  • David Ramiro Troitiño
    • 1
  • Andrea Hrebickova
    • 2
  1. 1.Tallinn Law SchoolTallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawPalacký University OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic

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