Jean Monnet, the “Father of Europe,” died 35 years ago this Sunday, March 16. The anniversary of his death reminds us of one of the former cognac salesman’s great accomplishments in life, the formation of what today is known as the European Union. In the latest Brookings Essay, Brookings President Strobe Talbott tells the story of Jean Monnet and demonstrates how his vision of European integration may serve as a guide to ending the current eurozone crisis.
The two videos below, provided courtesy of the BBC, constitute the 1971 BBC broadcast of a documentary about Jean Monnet. The interview was conducted by Alan Watson, currently chairman of CTN Communications and chairman of Havas Media UK.
Watch part one of the program:
Watch part two of the program:
After the submarines, I think Europeans really needed to have some proof that something was going well [... With world leaders gathering for the United Nations General Assembly, and with the fallout over the submarine deal still ongoing] there was a need to just lift this irritant. [...] It’s definitely not enough, but it’s a good first step in acknowledging at least that your partners deserve a minimum of respect. One less irritant cannot be a bad thing.