Luka Ivan Jukic

The strange tale of Count Kalergi and the Pan-European Union

Richard Nikolaus Eijiro, Count of Coundehove-Kalergi (photo: Getty)

If the European Union created its own version of Mount Rushmore, who would it place in its pantheon? Horst Köhler, Helmut Kohl, and Francois Mitterrand – the architects of the Maastricht Treaty – perhaps? Or maybe Alcide De Gasperi, Robert Schuman, Jean Monnet, and Konrad Adenauer, who set in motion the long and winding process of European integration in the 1950s? 

Almost certain to be overlooked is the man who founded the modern movement for European unity in the first place.

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