Pierre Werner et l’Europe : pensée, action, enseignements – Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy
The centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner (1913–2013) offered a timely opportunity to reflect on the personality and achievements of this politician from Luxembourg who left his mark on the future of his country and on the European integration process. On 27 and 28 November 2013, some 30 renowned experts and researchers including historians, economists, legal experts and political scientists, together with major players in economic and monetary affairs, assembled in Luxembourg for a conference during which they analysed Pierre Werner’s European vision and offered an international perspective on the relevance of his approach in light of the challenges facing us in the 21
On the Inequality of States. Dutch Perceptions of Pierre Werner and Luxembourg European Policy, 1959-1984
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Dutch Perceptions of Pierre Werner and Luxembourg European Policy, 1959-19841
Head of Research at the Centre for ParliamentaryHistory in Nijmegen
The great do not always notice the small
For a small state, relations with greater powers are not always easy. At the end of the last century the diplomat Maarten Mourik spoke of “that attitude of condescension, arrogance, indifference and even contempt that many representatives of larger cultural communities show towards the smaller ones. This is an almost automatic mechanism and profoundly primitive”.2 As a Dutchman facing the French or the British, Mourik knew what he was talking about: the great are not interested in the small. But the Dutch are not only the victim of this mechanism.
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