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Pierre Werner and Europe

The Family Archives Behind the Werner Report


Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Elena Danescu
    Pages 1-17
  3. Elena Danescu
    Pages 161-202
  4. Elena Danescu
    Pages 203-303
  5. Elena Danescu
    Pages 305-330
  6. Elena Danescu
    Pages 331-344
  7. Elena Danescu
    Pages 345-353
  8. Elena Danescu
    Pages 355-358
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 359-520

About this book


This book examines  the European vocation and achievements of Pierre Werner (1913–2002), former Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, unanimously recognized as one of the architects of Economic and Monetary Union. The author makes extensive use of Pierre Werner’s previously unpublished archives belonging to the Werner family, opened for the first time for research purposes. The book analyses the Werner Report, negotiations within the Werner Committee, the emergence of the Committee’s views on EMU, their political commitment to a European currency, the similarities and differences between their ideas, their personal networks, the influence of the states they represented, their theoretical and methodological input and their contribution to the political consensus.

Chapters shed new light on various aspects of the European integration process and also on the role of Luxembourg and its European policy. In addition, the author has carried out a series of original interviews with Luxembourg and European figures who share their memories and thoughts concerning Pierre Werner, his achievements and his views on the European integration process, and also other topics such as Economic and Monetary Union and Luxembourg‘s European policy.

This book will be of interest and value to researchers, EU policy makers and students in the fields of political economy, political science, economic history and history of economic thought.


Pierre Werner Werner Committee The Werner Report Pierre Werner family archives Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) European economic integration European integration history Euro Founding fathers of the Euro Elites in shaping Europe Small states diplomacy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH)University of LuxembourgEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg

About the authors

Elena Danescu is an internationally renowned expert on the work and achievements of Pierre Werner. She is a Research Scientist at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History. She holds a PhD in Political Economics from the National Institute of Economic Research (INCE). She is Fellow of Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs and joined the University of Luxembourg in 2016 and has been involved in several international projects focusing on European integration history and the role of Luxembourg and its elites in the European integration process, in EMU and in EU governance.

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