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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

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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European Integration and North-South Dialogue: The Debate on Politica Internazionale (1969-1979): Angela Villani


European Integration and North-South Dialogue: The Debate on Politica Internazionale (1969-1979)



This essay aims at analysing the interest expressed by the review Politica internazionale towards the European integration process from 1969, the year of publication of the first number, to 1979, date of the first direct elections to the European Parliament.

Politica internazionale was founded by Gian Paolo Calchi Novati and Umberto Segre, with the cooperation since the early years of Italian scholars and intellectuals1. The review was mainly established to spread in public opinion a better knowledge upon subjects like Third World independence and economic development, and expressed an antiimperialist and Third Worldist vision that, since the years of the contestation, started to impose in Italian society.2 With that approach, the review looked at the European integration process underlying its limits and potentials, and wishing the consolidation of EEC international role in a particularly complex context. The decline of U.S. hegemony, the season of Détente and Southern World issues, increasingly pressing in requesting a new international economic order, concurred in asking this change.3 Soon after the review was established, ← 261 | 262 → the Aja Conference would lay the groundwork to deeply transform the inner structure and foreign relations, individuating three ambitious goals: enlargement, deepening and widening.4

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