“Contrary to the normal belief, compromises and agreements are always possible between economic interests even when these are in part discordant. It is power politics and mass passions which make differences irreconcilable.
The breathing-space afforded to Europe between now and the end of Marshall aid is a short one. Efforts to integrate Europe have been made again and again without any substantial results issuing from them. I am not one of those who believe that some mysterious integration would solve, by a miracle, the many problems which face a European economy that has been weakened by war and the changes that have taken place all over the world. But only the attempt to overcome the obstacles afforded by the division of Europe into national formations which are too narrow offers one hope that in the long run there are chances of a second expansionary phase, a renewal of youth, in the Old Continent.
Politically, to stand up to Soviet imperialism as well as in their own relations with their ally across the Atlantic, the European nations obviously need to be able to present a substantial and publicly proclaimedunited front. The Schuman plan is a last attempt at this.
The general consciousness of the grave consequences of the plan’s possible failure gives it in spite of all the opposition to it, some chances of success.”
“Les origines du plan Schuman” dans The Manchester Guardian (30 mai 1950), encontrado aqui.