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Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980

At the Heart of Europe

Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980 by N. Piers Ludlow
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Roy Jenkins broughtgreat talent to Europe’s top job. He played a key role in re-launching Europeanmonetary integration, winning the right to attend the new global summits, and smoothingGreece’s path to EC membership. But he fell short of other targets. Commissionreform remained elusive, as did an improvement of the UK’s troubledrelationship with the EC.  Indeed the rowover Britain’s contribution to the EC budget, meant that Britain’s position inEurope was as difficult when he left Brussels as it had been when he arrived.This study will look at how Jenkins approached his role, identifying hispriorities, examining his working methods, and exploring his rapport with theEuropean and international statesmen with whom he had to work. In the process,the book will shed light on the nature of the job, on Jenkins’ own talents andlimitations, and on the European Community as it struggled with the globaleconomic crisis of the 1970s.

Palgrave Macmillan UK; April 2016
282 pages; ISBN 9781137515308
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Title: Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980
Author: N. Piers Ludlow
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