Europe Day & The Schuman Agreement - This Is Why Countries Stopped Going To War 🤔
So, how did the European Union come to be?
If you're interested, Europe Day is going to be covered as a topic on Xarabank this week, but until then - here's an interesting little history lesson 😁 ⬇️
A Celebration Of Solidarity ❤️
Europe Day is held every year on the 9th of May, to celebrate and reinforce peace and unity across Europe. This date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman Declaration' - an idea pushing for political cooperation in Europe, in order to prevent countries going to war.
This proposal is widely considered to be the beginning of the European Union as we know it. To celebrate Europe Day, EU institutions & local EU offices in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages - thousands of people attend and take part in these activities: debates, concerts, fairs, and public speeches. (not this year tho 🦠)
The European Union - An Origin Story 📖
So picture this, it's 1950 (5 years after WW2) and the nations of Europe are still very much struggling. There's social unrest and economic troubles for many, basically, some overall bad vibes spread throughout many countries.
Enter Robert Schuman, who’s visionary idea was to pool coal and steel - resources which were needed to wage war. This move would remove the France-Germany bone of contention by effectively making them business partners. This genius idea resulted in war in Europe becoming "not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible".
The move was genius. This kind of merging of economic interests helped raise standards of living and turned out to be the first step towards a more united Europe, and the beginning of the European Union as we know it today.