Contemporary history of Europe

Luxembourg and the Small States Diplomacy

Pierre Werner was one of the rare politicians to be associated with all
the major milestones in the building of a united Europe, from the 1950
Schuman Plan to the Fontainebleau European Council in 1984.
He placed the European integration process at the centre of
Luxembourg domestic policy, convinced of the need to preserve
national identity and sovereignty by adopting an international outlook.
Determined to set the country on a forward-looking path, he pursued a
pragmatic yet ambitious approach to economic diversification, focusing
in particular on consolidating the international financial centre from the
1960s onwards, nurturing the idea for a national shipping flag, developing
the audiovisual sector and launching the innovative satellite project

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