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VIDEO: Preview of New Brookings Essay on Jean Monnet and the European Union

Jean Monnet, ca. 1954, giving a radio speech during his tenure as president of the European Coal and Steel Community. (Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images)

Today, we release the newest Brookings Essay, "Monnet's Brandy and Europe's Fate," authored by Brookings President Strobe Talbott on the life and method of Jean Monnet (1888-1979), pictured at right, whom Talbott calls the "master architect" of European integration. In the video clips below—which are extracted from a longer interview Talbott did with Steven R. Weisman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics—Talbott talks about Monnet's driving passion for European integration, as well as potential threats to that project from nationalism and xenophobia.

The Core of Jean Monnet's Passion for European Integration

 

Nationalism, Xenophobia Could Bring European Integration to a Halt

 

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