Walter Hallstein was the first President of the European Commission from 1958to 1967, a committed European and a decisive proponent of European integration. As President of the European Commission, Hallstein worked towards a rapidrealisation of the Common Market. His energetic enthusiasm and powers ofpersuasion furthered the cause of integration even beyond the period of hispresidency. During his mandate, the integration advanced significantly. The one-time Secretary of State in the German Foreign Ministry originally attainedinternational recognition through the ‘Hallstein Doctrine’ of the 1950s, whichshaped German foreign policy for years to come, and had at its core the linking ofthe young democracy with western Europe.
Type: Clip Reference: I-072675 Date: 04/05/2012 Duration: 00:58 Personalities:Hallstein, Walter