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There is a consultative body called a Parliamentary Assembly. It cannot pass legislation but simply makes recommendations to the Committee of Ministers. After they have agreed a proposal it still has to be ratified by the parliaments of each nation. Despite this inauspicious arrangement the Council of Europe has produced many agreements in legal, social, cultural and economic spheres. Most noteworthy is the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which was adopted in 1950.
There are signs of this emerging with an attempt at a joint policy on South Africa. There is also an attempt to create a more independent European defence posture in the light of the long-term possibility that the USA may gradually withdraw from European defence except for the provision of a 'nuclear umbrella'. A confederation is an alliance or league of states who retain their independence and who make decisions by consultation. Although central administration and decision-making bodies have to be set up, the emphasis is on the sovereignty of the separate states.
It was intended to make German rearmament acceptable. It would also make progress towards a federal Europe easier. This idea of a European Defence Community was supported by the USA but opinion in France, Italy and Scandinavia was very divided. A preliminary treaty was concluded but gradually East-West tension decreased. De Gaulle was strongly opposed to the plan because he favoured a confederation of sovereign European states with France in the ascendancy. He wanted Europe to be independent of American dominance.
The European Community by S. F. Goodman (auth.)