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Operation Welcome

How Strasbourg Remained a Seat of European Institutions, 1949–1979


Claudia Leskien

An accepted narrative within European integration history is that the issue in which city to locate European Community headquarters was decided on the intergovernmental level between the member states. In the present volume, this view is expanded with the example of Strasbourg by arguing that activity at the local level is an important factor as well.
A set of highly active political and associational local agents used different strategies to consolidate the city’s position against competing cities and the European Communities. This study finds that a highly specialised group of municipal politicians and civil servants were an important factor for bringing the European institutions to the city.


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Section 1.25 Unpublished Sources (a) ABR – Archives Départementales du Bas-Rhin, Strasbourg, France NB, a number, separated by a slash after the signature proper denotes that the box contained several dossiers on different topics. The number has been assigned by the author in order to be able to discern easily between the different files of the dossier, but is not part of the official dossier code. 544 D 85. Assemblée des nations captives d’Europe 1955-1958. 544 D 205/ 1. Organismes européens. Conseil de l’Europe, fonctionnement: notes de R.G. et coupures de presse, correspondance 1949-1962. Années 1949-1951. 544 D 208. Organismes internationaux. Assemblée des nations captives d’Europe, sessions: notes des R.G., programmes, comptes rendus, brochures, coupures de presse, correspondance 1955-1957. 544 D 209/ 1. Organismes internationaux. Communauté européenne du charbon et de l’Acier (CECA), sessions: notes des R.G., proposition de résolution, affich- es, extraits des délibérations du Conseil général, affiches, programme de visites des délégués 1952-1959. Pool Charbon-Acier, Année 1952. 709 D 1. Maison de l’Europe (Palais). 752 D 485. Aérodrome de Strasbourg-Entzheim I-II. 1130 W 894/ 1. Strasbourg, correspondances (Palais de l’Europe, Palais de Con- grès, Siège du Parlement Européen) 1975-1981. 1130 W 904/ 1. Contrat Etat – Département – Ville de Strasbourg, réunions des 18.2.1979 et 7.1.1980. 1130 W 904/ 2. Projet de contrat Strasbourg Métropole Européenne. 1130 W 936/ 1. Manifestations organisées de 1964 à 1976. 1130 W...

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