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The EC, EPC and the Decline of Bipolarity

  • Panos Tsakaloyannis

Abstract

The fortunes of European Political Cooperation (EPC), since its inception in the early 1970s, have been inextricably linked with the vagaries of the international environment, in particular the twists and turns in the relations between the superpowers. In fact EPC’s emergence was critically facilitated by the major shifts in global politics brought about by superpower crises of the late 1960s – the Soviet Union’s intervention in Czechoslovakia and the United States’ Tet offensive in Vietnam. These crises, plus the May 1968 events in France, had a cumulative effect on the politics of Western Europe: they put an end to internal divisions, pioneered Community enlargement and, consequently, political cooperation, a subject which had remained d+ormant since the failure of the Fouchet talks in the early 1960s.

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Foreign Policy German Reunification Political Cooperation European Foreign Policy German Question 
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