On 10 May 1950, the Luxembourg daily newspaper Luxemburger Wort considers the factors motivating Robert Schuman, French Foreign Minister, who published his plan for a European coal and steel pool the previous day.
On 13 May 1950, the Luxembourg daily newspaper Luxemburger Wort analyses reactions in Luxembourg and elsewhere to the proposal made by Robert Schuman that European coal and steel output should be pooled.
On 23 May 1950, the Groupement des industries sidérurgiques luxembourgeoises (GISL), an employers’ organisation involving the three Luxembourg iron and steel companies, namely ARBED, the S.A. des Hauts-Fourneaux et Aciéries de Differdange-St.Ingbert-Rumelange and Minière et Métallurgique de Rodange, speculates on the conditions in which the French ideas should be implemented.
On 31 May 1950, the Luxembourg Embassy in Paris informs the French Foreign Ministry of the Luxembourg Government’s intention to participate in negotiations on the basis of the French proposal of 9 May for the establishment of a European coal and steel pool.
On 10 May 1950, the day after the Schuman Declaration, the Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool outlines the economic and political implications of the pooling of the coal and steel industries in Germany and France.
On 10 May 1950, the day after the press conference held by Robert Schuman on the pooling of coal and steel in Europe, the Dutch daily newspaper Het Vrije Volk welcomes the French Government’s initiative.
On 13 May 1950, the Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool considers the comments in France and the United Kingdom on the Schuman proposal to pool European coal and steel output and emphasises the surprise caused by the French plan.
On 13 May 1950, the Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant welcomes the announcement of the Schuman Plan which proposes that French and German coal and steel production be placed under the authority of a supranational European organisation.
‘Amor vincit Omnia (Love conquers all).’ On 20 May 1950, Roc, the Dutch cartoonist, depicts Franco-German harmony as a possible outcome of the proposal put forward by Robert Schuman, French Foreign Minister, that coal and steel production be pooled in Europe.
In his Memoirs, the Netherlands diplomat Johannes Linthorst Homan recalls the reaction of political circles in the Netherlands when informed about a French proposal that a supranational European organisation should be established to control German and French production of coal and steel.
In this interview, Edmund Wellenstein, Head of the ‘Germany’ Division and Director-General for European Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1950 and 1952, describes how the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950 was received in diplomatic and economic circles in the Netherlands.
In this interview, Edmund Wellenstein, Head of the ‘Germany’ Division and Director-General for European Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1950 and 1952, describes the significance in the Netherlands of the generation gap between those in favour of or opposed to the supranational approach of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950.
On 13 May 1950, the Belgian journal Agence industrielle et économique outlines the scope of the French proposal, which aims to place German and French coal and steel output under the authority of a supranational European organisation.
Entrusted to an American engineering consultancy firm by the Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA), a body responsible for monitoring the use made of Marshall aid in Europe, the Robinson Report, published in May 1950, strongly criticises the management of the Belgian coal mines and advocates their modernisation.
Le 15 juin 1950, la sidérurgie belgo-luxembourgeoise commente la proposition française de placer la production allemande et française du charbon et de l'acier sous l'autorité d'une organisation européenne supranationale.