The Challenge of Europe: Can Britain Win? - Michael HeseltineLondon: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
From the cover: “Michael Heseltine is of the generation whose earliest political memories are of Churchill’s wartime defiance and post-war inspiration. It was Churchill who created for him the vision of a united Europe.
Some twenty-five years later Heseltine was involved in the painstaking labour of stitching together that Europe. As Minister for Aerospace he initiated the creation of the European Space Agency, took Britain back into the European Launcher Programme and saw the Anglo-French Concorde move from prototype to production.
He was the first British minister to speak in the United States of America after Britain’s accession to the European Community. There he outlined his view of the stronger but more balanced Atlantic partnership that would emerge.
As Defence Secretary, his involvement with NATO Defence ministers confirmed his earlier conviction of the need to maintain independent deterrents in Europe. He was responsible for the development of the Trident System. In support of the European pillar of the alliance, he pressed for new ways of co-ordinating European arms procurement. He negotiated the largest sale Britain has ever concluded, with the contract to sell the European Tornado fighter to Saudi Arabia. He initiated and saw through the agreements with Germany, Italy and Spain to build the European Fighter Aircraft, the most ambitious co-operative manufacturing venture which Community members have yet achieved. He reached an agreement with the Defence ministers of Germany, France and Italy to rationalize the helicopter procurement programmes of Europe — though this was not finally ratified by Britain.
In this book Michael Heseltine recalls how Europe has developed into today’s Community, describes the opportunity it now offers Britain to influence and play a leading part in the next decade of evolution, and how we must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the challenge if we are to win.”