Contemporary history of Europe

Connecting the welfare state to EMU: a Luxembourg perspective

After Second World War, Luxembourg – with its singular geopolitical situation – abandoned its neutral status and embarked on a path to multilateralism, giving particular priority to European integration. From the early 1960s, the country promoted the idea of a Europe through currency as a crucial basis for effective economic integration, as reflected in the theories and action of a wide range of state and non-state actors. Based on archive research, and considering the period from 1945 until the early 1980s, this paper aimed at analysing how did Luxembourg’s specific monetary characteristics influence the theoretical basis for the welfare state.

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