Crocodile Club

Crocodile Club in Europe

Description of Crocodile Club

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes crocodile club in the following terms: [1] For some years eclipsed by Jean Monnet, Altiero Spinelli assumed the role of spiritual and intellectual leader of the European federalist movement after his rival’s death in 1979. In 1980 he founded the Crocodile Club, named after the Strasbourg restaurant where he used to meet with a small group of MEPs. There they plotted to turn the European Parliament into a proper legislature, with responsibility for drafting a European constitution. These ideas, vehemently opposed by Margaret Thatcher, survived in watered down form in the Single European Act of 1986 and the Maastricht Treaty of 1992.

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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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