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Why EU? A Brief History of European Integration

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About This Course

The on-going European crisis has led to a state of total confusion about the politics and purpose of the European Union (EU). Many citizens of the EU have discovered that what they believed the EU was and served for did not match with what the EU institutions were doing. The purpose of European integration has been changing since the original inception of the European Coal and Steel Community.

This course aims at setting the historical record straight and explaining how the set of institutions that actually formed the EU today emerged. Knowing the nature of the tool-box at our disposal is, perhaps, the first step towards solving a problem. The lack of proper knowledge about the origins, evolving nature and purpose of European integration is, to a large extent, responsible of our present-day EU problems.


This course is addressed to people of any age, academic condition, and geographical situation who are interested in understanding the present European muddle and history. Basic English knowledge is mandatory.

Course Staff

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Fernando Guirao

Fernando Guirao is Jean Monnet Professor of History, with an ad personam chair since 2013, member of the EU Liaison Committee of Historians and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of European Integration History. Prof. Guirao is one of the most successful educators of the School of Economics and Business of Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. Full academic information at

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    Mar 04, 2016