chapter  3
The emergence of the Six
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Reference was made in the first chapter to the plethora of proEuropean campaigning groups active in the years immediately after 1945. These were paralleled by a series of actual and proposed organ­ isations of different combinations of European states. These were all established in the context of promoting the vague concept of ‘greater unity’, but many were stillborn and others did not last. According to one slightly cynical commentator:

Europe henceforward followed many paths but she got bogged down in them all. The Foreign Ministers of western Europe, like actors on a revolving stage which had got out of control, kept reappearing every few days, always playing a never-completed first act.1