Today is Europe Day. Europe Day is a celebration of peace and unity in Europe that happens annually on May 9.
It commemorates the historical Schuman Declaration of May 9, made in 1950 by then French foreign minister Robert Schuman.Schuman proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, whose members would pool coal and steel production under one common high authority.
The idea was that the industrial cooperation of the member countries would lead to gradual political integration, and the pacification of the nations.
‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan,’ the declaration goes. ‘It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.