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A special film profile of Jean Monnet prepared by ' The Money Programme'
It is not natural for men to unite; they need to be forced and pressed by circumstances.
JEAN MONNET , today recognised as the ' Father of Europe,' has spent his life persuading Europe's leaders that they had no choice but to unite. In a real way, the European Community which Britain is in the process of joining is his creation. Yet Jean Monnet is little known in public; he is a statesman's statesman. In tonight's film the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Edward Heath , mp, and Germany's Chancellor Willy Brandt talk about Monnet and his work.
Monnet didn't hold political office, but he worked through politicians because, as he says himself, ' it takes a long time to get to power, but it doesn'take long to explain to the man in power what has to be done.'
By creating the European Coal and Steel Community, Monnet turned Europe into a reality. In this rare personal interview with ALAN WATSON he says ' your questioning has made me seek and understand things of my past which I have not understood before.'
Director PETER CERESOLE
And a review of the Stock Market of 1971 Presented by PAUL GRIFFITHS with JOHN DAVIS , City Editor of The Observer and DAVID MALBERT , City Editor, London Evening News
Associate producer PETER DUNKLEY Producer ROBERT ROWLAND
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