De Gaulle and Europe

Charles de Gaulle had precise ideas about and ambitions for Europe. He is often considered as a “realist of Europe”. To his eyes, the France and Germany had to form a political tandem in order to gain more weight in the post-war Europe. De Gaulle wished to transform the European Economic Community (EEC) which was founded in 1957 into a political union. The Elysée Treaty was thought to be the first step in this direction.