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de Gaulle's thinking on Europe and France's sovereignty
by Julian Jackson
About this EXP
Julian Jackson, Professor of Modern French History at Queen Mary, University of London, discusses De Gaulle’s view of Europe.
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Key point 1
De Gaulle was suspicious of supranational institutions; he valued independence and sovereignty.
Key point 2
De Gaulle was pragmatic; even if he didn’t believe in such institutions, he worked with them to get what he could for France.
Key point 3
De Gaulle’s vision for Europe was to be a third political voice, independent of the Atlantic and Soviet blocs.
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