Bruges Speech

Bruges Speech in Europe

Description of Bruges speech

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes bruges speech in the following terms: [1] Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 1988 speech at Bruges, praising a Europe of Nations and criticising the unaccountability of the EC’s supranational institutions, shocked many at the time, although in retrospect it largely served to sharpen differences of vision which were already inherent in the European debate. Thatcher argued for the Eastward enlargement of the Community, for policy co-operation rather than institution-building and for maintaining the Atlantic Alliance: but against the imposition of the Rhine model of welfarist capitalism across the whole community. In later years her speech assumed mythic proportions and was wrongly labelled as anti-European to the point of extremism.


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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