- Indonesian Decolonisation and the Dutch Attitude Towards the Establishment of the EEC’s Association Policy, 1945-1963
- Journal of European Integration History
- Volume | Issue number
- 23 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES)
Recent research has shown that (neo-)colonial concepts played a larger role in ideas about European collaboration in the 1950s than had been previously assumed. However, this recent international discussion is almost exclusively based on the French case. In contrast with this French case, the Dutch case is highly ambivalent. On the one hand, the Dutch enthusiasm for the European project in the 1950s was a consequence of the (violent) decolonisation of the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia. The EEC’s association policy, which would open the market of the six founding members to non-European countries and territories that had “special relations” with Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands, was regarded rather hesitantly before being accepted. There were fears of getting involved financially and politically in new decolonisation wars. On the other hand some Dutch politicians initially seemed to have a keen eye for the utility of the EEC’s association policy and the European Development Fund as a means to remain present in the remaining former imperial regions.
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