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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi

This volume is dedicated to the debate on European unification developed between the end of World War II and 1979 in two types of magazines. The first type of magazines are those not exclusively dedicated to the «European» themes, but particularly significant for the impact they had in the cultural-political debate and in the concrete unfolding of the process of European integration; while the second type are militant magazines, belonging to the European and federalist area, whose proactive role was fundamental both for the theoretical elaboration of the ideas as the basis of the future of the European continent, and for the practical propaganda. All these publications contributed in different ways to the spread of knowledge of European integration, of its implications and of its political, social and economic consequences. No less important – and this is the third type of journals taken into consideration in the book – has been the birth and development of magazines directly sponsored by the Community institutions, whose action was framed within a real «European communication», made by the EC institutions, particularly the Commission in Brussels, since their origins.
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The Debate on the United States of Europe in European Local Authority Newspapers: Fabio Zucca


The Debate on the United States of Europe in European Local Authority Newspapers


In his speech to the delegates of the Council of European Municipalities (CEM),1 the most important organization of European local authorities (founded in 1951), held in Frascati in December 1957, Pius XII stated that the “voice of the local authorities, their aspirations and concerns represent factors that could inspire and provide concrete measures in favor of a federal union in Europe”. He went on to add that, “thanks to its many centers of operation”, the organization of European municipalities could be a “fundamental factor in carrying out an effective information campaign in support of the federalist idea”.2 The ← 57 | 58 → Pope had thus understood one of the essential elements in the action of the most important associations of European local authorities: the information campaign in favor of a United States of Europe.3 The following instruments were available to carry forward this campaign: the contacts among the local administrators, the direct dissemination of information in the individual municipalities, the pressure brought to bear on the political parties and the trade unions, the direct participation in, or the support of, the actions of the Europeanist movements, and, above all, the spreading of the idea of a possible federal union on the continent which, starting from the municipalities, would lead to a United States of Europe.

To this end, the various national movements of the local authorities first acted to...

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