Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2003 (Revised November 2003)

Creation of the European Union, The

by J. Gunnar Trumbull


Describes the emergence of the European Union (EU). Focuses on a critical stage in European integration--the period in the early 1990s when member states negotiated the terms of the Maastricht Treaty. This agreement set in motion the project that would eventually lead to the formation of a single currency. Considers the political and economic conditions that led France, Germany, and Britain to undertake this common project.

Keywords: International Relations; Alliances; System; Negotiation Participants; Government and Politics; Agreements and Arrangements; Money; Cooperation; European Union;


Trumbull, J. Gunnar. "Creation of the European Union, The." Harvard Business School Case 703-032, April 2003. (Revised November 2003.)