The Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, which launched the process that has led to the European Union as we know it today, proposed that:
“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.”
The policies of the European Union are among those “concrete achievements”: how far they contribute to “a de facto solidarity” is the subject of debate.
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