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The origins of ELEC
When ELEC was founded in 1946 Europe was licking its wounds in the aftermath of a disaster unprecedented in its history, a disaster the magnitude of which demanded equally unprecedented action if we were to pull ourselves together again. To the clearest minds of the day, economic and political unification was the only answer if Europe was to rebuild swiftly, offer its nations the prospect of lasting peace and prosperity, and gradually regain its economic, political and cultural influence on the international scene.
Excerpt from "Europe in the eighties: ELEC in action ELEC publication n°55 (nov1981).
La Ligue Européenne de Coopération Économique (1946-1981)
Michel DUMOULIN et Anne-Myriam DUTRIEUE (Ed. Euroclio, série "Études et documents", 1993)
L'action de Jozef Retinger en faveur de l'idée européenne (1940-1946)
Thierry GROSBOIS (in "Revue européenne d'Histoire" vol. 6 n°1, 1999)