JMAS-134 David Bruce's diary entries - December 1951Documents from 01 December 1951 to 31 December 1951
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Remarks on: discussion with Guy Mollet, executive head of the Socialist Party regarding their attitude to the Schuman Plan and the European Army Scheme, would support it if sufficent safeguards were put in place against German domination
Gaston Palewski says Gaullist party would abstain from voting,- Schuman plan voted on in National Assembly, successful after vote of confidence in Government,- his official visit to London, expresses hope that Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden, Foreign Minister would show an interest in an association with the European Army,- his hope that a rough draft of the EDF Treaty would be ready for Foreign Ministers' Meeting (Dec 27)
French problems regarding their military budget, cannot meet their commitment in NATO and in Indochina, seeks aid from US. Jean Monnet in his position on TCC states his determination to force the issue on Indochina and to attempt to have French troops withdrawn unless the struggle there is precipitated in by some of the other great nations,- discussion with René Pleven on possibility of calling a Constitutional Convention for a European federation | memo regarding a conversation regarding the EDF, Bruce feels US and GB must induceBenelux countries to moderate their position and reach a compromise, but not at expense of German/French issues, which are essential for creation of real European Defense Community (EDC),work on common budget of EDF with William Tomlinson and Robert Bowie | Pleven's decision not to call a Constitutional Convention for European Union because he had submitted his budget to the National Assembly and didn't want to seem to be diverting attention from this.
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