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My Sunday Poem … # 20

My Sunday Poem … # 20

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ECSC 1951 is not a license-plate!

ECSC 1951 is not a license-plate!


The British people have a tough decision to make in just a couple of weeks time. It concerns whether or not they should stay in the European Union. I am voting YES because I rather like the flag.


And yes, I realise that remark is about as shallow as the English Channel. I do have another reason though and that reason is … the ECSC.

Tumbleweed moment ...

Tumbleweed moment …

You want me explain. I had a feeling you would.

( OK, YOU didn’t so that’s why I’ve put YOU in brackets and highlighted YOU in red).

The rest of you, the ones I like to call THE PERFECT ONES, well you just read on my fine friends.


Flag of the ECSC

 The European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was an international organisation serving to unify certain Continental European countries after World War II. It was formally established in 1951 by the Treaty of Paris, which was signed by Belgium, France,West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The ECSC was the first international organisation to be based on the principles of supranationalism and would ultimately lead the way to the founding of the European Union.


Founding members of the ECSC: Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany (Algeria was an integral part of the French Republic)

The ECSC was first proposed by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 as a way to prevent further war between France and Germany. He declared his aim was to “make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible” which was to be achieved by regional integration, of which the ECSC was the first step. The Treaty would create a common market for coal and steel among its member states which served to neutralise competition between European nations over natural resources, particularly in the Ruhr.