Walter Hallstein

Walter Hallstein (17 November 1901 – 29 March 1982) was a German academic, diplomat, and politician. He was the first president of the Commission of the European Economic Community.[1] He was one of the founding fathers of the European Union.

Walter Hallstein
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President of the European Commission
In office
7 January 1958 – 30 June 1967
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJean Rey
Personal details
Born(1901-11-17)17 November 1901
Mainz, German Empire
Died29 March 1982(1982-03-29) (aged 80)
Stuttgart, West Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
Alma materFriedrich Wilhelm University

Hallstein is also the person behind the Hallstein Doctrine, wich the former state of West Germany proclaimed in 1955. It meant that West Germany wouldn't have diplomatic relations with countries that recognized East Germany.

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  1. Elvert, Jürgen (7 June 2016). "Jürgen Elvert, Walter Hallstein, Biography of a European (1901–1982)" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2016.