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Pierre Werner et l’Europe : pensée, action, enseignements – Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy

Elena Danescu and Susana Muñoz

Le centenaire de la naissance de Pierre Werner (1913–2013) a offert une occasion privilégiée d’évoquer la personnalité et l’œuvre de cet homme d’État luxembourgeois qui a marqué de son empreinte le devenir contemporain du Grand-Duché et l’intégration européenne. Réunis lors d’un colloque international qui s’est déroulé les 27 et 28 novembre 2013 à Luxembourg, une trentaine de chercheurs et d’experts réputés d’horizons différents (historiens, économistes, juristes, politologues), ainsi que des grands acteurs de la pensée économique et monétaire ont analysé la vision européenne de Pierre Werner et ont mis en lumière, dans une perspective internationale, l’actualité de ses réflexions face aux défis du XXIe siècle. Sur le plan méthodologique, plusieurs contributions puisent leur originalité dans l’exploitation scientifique des archives familiales Werner. Par le message et les enseignements qu’il délivre, cet ouvrage a pour ambition de contribuer à approfondir l’étude interdisciplinaire de l’Union économique et monétaire sur le long terme et invite les lecteurs à découvrir davantage le projet d’intégration européenne à travers la vision et l’action de l’un de ses promoteurs, Pierre Werner.
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 21st century. Several of the papers provided new insights based on the authors’ exploration of the Werner family archives. The aim of these proceedings is to offer a series of observations and conclusions that encourage further interdisciplinary analysis of Economic and Monetary Union from a long-term perspective and invite readers to find out more about the European integration process through the vision and actions of one of its instigators, Pierre Werner.
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Pierre Werner: A Great Man of Vision with a Sense of Mission

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Xu MINGQI

President of the Shanghai Institute for European StudiesDirector of the Centre for European Studies at the ShanghaiAcademy of Social Sciences

First of all I would like to thank the organiser, the CVCE, for inviting me to this unique event to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner, a great statesman of Luxembourg and also of Europe. I guess I am the only non-European here at the conference. It is a great honour for me to participate in this enlightening and simulating symposium. I think the reason I was invited was not only because I am the President of the Shanghai Institute for European Studies, which makes me a good representative of Chinese European studies scholars, but also because I am among those who had the privilege to meet Mr Pierre Werner in person and have personal experiences to share at this event.

I myself had the great privilege and pleasure of visiting Pierre Werner and having a discussion with him in person 15 years ago here in Luxembourg at his house. It was in autumn 1998. I was in Europe to carry out field investigations for a research project on “European monetary integration and its impact on the international monetary system”. We visited many cities in Europe, including Brussels, and talked to scholars and government officials to hear their ideas and views on the coming launch of the euro. Of course many repeated the same official view that the European...

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