Meeting in Paris on 10 and 11 February 1961, the Heads of State or Government of the Six decide to establish an Intergovernmental Committee, to be chaired by the French diplomat, Christian Fouchet, with the task of submitting proposals on European political cooperation (EPC).
In May 1961, the Dutch Members of the High Authority and of the Commissions of the EEC and of Euratom draw up a joint memorandum with a view to the Conference scheduled to be held in Bonn on 19 May but actually postponed to 18 July.
On 19 June 1961, Albert Borschette, Luxembourg representative to the European Communities, sends ,a letter to Eugène Schaus, Foreign Minister, in which he expresses his disappointment at the substance of Paul-Henri Spaak’s memorandum on European political cooperation.
On 18 July 1961, at a meeting in Bad Godesberg, a suburb of Bonn, the Heads of State or Government of the Six reiterate their determination to continue their efforts to achieve political union in Europe.
‘Patience, Europa — everything takes time!’ On 19 July 1961, the day after the meeting of the Six in Bad Godesberg, Bonn, German cartoonist Herbert Kolfhaus illustrates the efforts of the Six to develop European political cooperation, particularly emphasising the role played by German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President de Gaulle in this process.
On 19 October 1961, during a meeting of the European Political Commission, France’s partners discuss the draft Treaty (Fouchet Plan I) submitted by Christian Fouchet, which provides for the establishment of an indissoluble Union of States based on intergovernmental cooperation and respect for the identity of peoples and of the Member States.
On 19 October and 2 November 1961, in accordance with the task conferred upon it by the Conference of Heads of State or Government of the Six, in Bonn, on 18 July 1961, the Fouchet Committee submits a first Draft Treaty on European Political Union (Fouchet Plan I).
On 18 January 1962, at the end of a meeting of the European Political Commission, a summary report sets out the reactions of France’s partners to the second version of the draft Treaty on European Political Union (Fouchet Plan II).
On 20 January 1962, having rejected the second version of the Fouchet Plan (Fouchet Plan II) submitted by France on 18 January 1962, France's five partners subsequently publish an alternative to the Treaty on European Political Union.
On 25 January 1962, after a meeting of the European Political Commission, a summary report on negotiations on the Fouchet Plan (Fouchet Plan II) sets out the positions taken by the various European countries regarding the implementation of a Treaty on European Political Union.
Christian Fouchet, French Ambassador to Denmark from 1958 to 1962 and Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee set up by the Paris Summit of 10 and 11 February 1961 in order to draw up a plan for European political union.
On 6 March 1969, in an article published in the French Conservative daily newspaper Le Figaro, Christian Fouchet, UDR MP and former Chairman of the Committee responsible for studying the plans for a political union of the Six, recalls the reasons for the failure of a political Europe.
In April 1972, ten years after the failure of the Fouchet Plan, the French diplomat Christian Fouchet reports in the French daily newspaper Le Monde the reasons that resulted in the failure of an attempt to achieve political union in Europe.
In his memoirs, Christian Fouchet recalls the reasons that led to the successive failure of the Fouchet Plans I and II on European political union and harshly criticises the disagreement among the Benelux partners.
On 8 November 1961, Albert Borschette, Luxembourg Permanent Representative to the European Communities, sends his Foreign Minister a letter in which he considers the positions taken by Italy, Belgium and the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the French draft of the Treaty on European Political Union (Fouchet Plan II).
On 9 January 1962, Henri Brugmans, Rector of the College of Europe in Bruges, delivers a lecture to the Strasbourg Institute of European Studies concerning the Fouchet Plan and the problems of European political integration.
On 20 January 1962, the French Foreign Minister, Maurice Couve de Murville, sends a circular to France’s diplomatic representatives informing them of the substance of the most recent meeting of the Committee studying plans for European political union, held on 18 January 1962.
Dans ses Mémoires, l'ancien chancelier allemand Konrad Adenauer évoque sa rencontre, le 15 février 1962, avec le président français Charles de Gaulle et rappelle l'insistance du général pour une union politique européenne telle qu'envisagée par le Plan Fouchet.
On 12 February 1962, Albert Borschette, Luxembourg’s Permanent Representative to the European Communities, writes a letter to Eugène Schaus, Luxembourg Foreign Minister, setting out the institutional grounds which led France, on 18 January 1962, to propose a new project to its European partners (Fouchet Plan II) for a Union of European States which is less ambitious than the previous plans.
On 16 February 1962, Pierre Pescatore, Political Director in the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry, drafts a note on the talks between General de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in Baden-Baden concerning European political cooperation.
On 3 March 1962, Étienne de Crouy-Chanel, French Ambassador to the Netherlands, informs Maurice Couve de Murville, French Foreign Minister, of the political reasons for the rejection of the Fouchet Plan by the Belgian and the Netherlands Governments.
On 17 April 1962, following the meeting, in Paris, of the Foreign Ministers of the Six, in order to discuss the political organisation of Europe, Germany's Gerhard Schroeder makes a statement in which he encourages the continuation of the negotiations.
On 25 April 1962, commenting on the failure of diplomatic negotiations over the Fouchet Plan II, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera argues in favour of an agreement between the Six on European Political Union.
On 15 May 1962, while answering journalists' questions on the failure of the Fouchet Plan, General de Gaulle attacks the theories of supranationality and Atlanticism in order, once again, to defend his vision of a Europe of States.
In May 1962, following the failure of the Paris Conference of ECSC Foreign Ministers, Fernand Dehousse comments, in an article published in the monthly Courrier socialiste européen, on the serious disagreements persisting between the Six with regard to the creation of a political Europe.
In May 1962, the monthly publication Communauté européenne prints an extract from the speech delivered by Joseph Luns, Netherlands Foreign Minister, on the day after the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Six, held on 17 April 1962 in Paris, where they discussed a treaty on European political union.
On 4 July 1962, Gerhard Schröder, German Foreign Minister, delivers a speech at the Christian Democrat party (CDU) conference in Dortmund, in which he reiterates the importance of European political union
In his diary, Herbert Blankenhorn, Diplomatic Adviser to Konrad Adenauer in the German Foreign Ministry and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO from 1955 to 1959, writes a summary report on the negotiations for a European Political Union held in Paris from 16 to 18 April 1962.