Roy Jenkins brought
great talent to Europe's top job. He played a key role in re-launching European
monetary integration, winning the right to attend the new global summits, and smoothing
Greece's path to EC membership. But he fell short of other targets. Commission
reform remained elusive, as did an improvement of the UK's troubled
relationship with the EC. Indeed the row
over Britain's contribution to the EC budget, meant that Britain's position in
Europe 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 his
priorities, examining his working methods, and exploring his rapport with the
European 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 and
limitations, and on the European Community as it struggled with the global
economic crisis of the 1970s.
Piers Ludlow has
taught European history at the London School of Economics, UK, since 1998. His
research centres on the history of European integration - and on Britain's difficulties
with it. Previous books include Dealing With Britain: the Six and the First
UK Application to the EEC (1997) and The
European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist
Introduction. - 1. The Very British Trajectory of a Pro-European: Roy Jenkins and Europe prior to 1976. - 2. Preparing for Brussels: Priorities, Personalities and Portfolios. - 3. Growing into the Role: the battle to secure G7 representation. - 4. Finding a Sense of Direction: Jenkins and the launch of the European Monetary System. - 5. Reaching out beyond the Community: Enlargement and international representation. - 6. The Search for a New Policy Priority: Commission reform, Direct Elections, Agriculture, and Energy. - 7. The Curse of British Politics: Thatcher, the British Budgetary Dispute, and the Lure of Domestic Politics.