from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Spaak, Paul Henri Charles 1889-1972. Belgian politician who was the first president of the United Nations General Assembly (1946) and later served as the secretary-general of NATO (1957-1961).


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  • “You are not the first to propose this, Monsieur Moses,” said Spaak.

    DBTL 54: A Man, a Plan, a Canal

  • Moses had been brushing up on his schoolboy French in anticipation of this meeting, and had no difficulty understanding Spaak when he greeted him with the words, Come in, Monsieur Moses, and welcome to Brussels.

    DBTL 54: A Man, a Plan, a Canal

  • It was the idea Monnet himself had outlined to Paul-Henri Spaak in 1941 and in a memorandum he had written in Algiers in 1943.

    Europe Day

  • So, too, the Belgian Foreign Minister, Paul Henri Spaak, who wrote to the British Foreign Secretary during the crisis, “I do not wish to hide from you that I am haunted by the memory of the mistakes which were committed at the outset of the Hitler period, mistakes which have cost us dear.”

    The Prize

  • Spaak proposed setting up a European Political Community EPC, as a "common political roof" over the Coal and Steel and the Defence Communities, creating "an indissoluble supranational political community based on the union of peoples".

    We've been there before

  • Spaak, who chaired the conference, made an almost hysterical plea to Mendès-France to support the treaty, clasping him by the arm while telling him that:

    We've been there before

  • Introducing his draft "constitution" to the ECSC Council, Spaak began with the opening words of George Washington's address in presenting the American Constitution to Congress in 1787, going on to express his conviction that, "with the same audacity", Europe could hope for the same success.

    We've been there before

  • The result, from an ad hoc committee under Spaak, was a "Draft Treaty Embodying the Statute of the European Community".

    We've been there before

  • It was submitted by Spaak to the foreign ministers of the Six on 9 March 1953 and to the ECSC Assembly the following day, which approved it by 50 votes, with five abstentions.

    We've been there before

  • The transformation was wrought by visionary leaders such as Monnet, Schumann, Spaak, and Marshall, who understood that modern nations can enrich their futures more through cooperation than conquest.

    Presidents Speech To Future European Leaders


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