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Créons cette solidarité de la raison et du sentiment, de la liberté et de la justice.

L’Europe ne trouvera son salut que dans cet esprit héroique de liberté et de sacrifice qui a toujours décidé aux grandes heures de l’histoire.

Alcide De Gasperi «Le basi morali della democrazia», Brussels, 20 November 1948 ( HAEU, ADG 96)


The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre on the History of European integration is a joint effort of the Historical Archives of the European Union and the History Department of the European University Institute. 

The legacy of EU Institutions will be made accessible for contemporary historical and social research at the new Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre, making the history of European integration present and relevant in the current scientific research.

The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre aims to:

  • promote innovative research projects
  • facilitate the use of primary sources
  • coordinate networks of historians
  • help with the publication of papers and historical narratives on the history of European integration.

The Alcide De Gasperi Centre enjoys the support of an Advisory Board, comprised of European academic experts in the field of contemporary European history and the history of European integration.


The Historical Archives of the European Union hosts a vast set of records on the history of European integration. Besides these, the Archives houses a huge range of documents from former high EU officials and from non-EU organizations and movements and remarkable oral history collections. It is the first stop for researchers and a key hub for scholarly activities on the history of European integration.

The History Department of the European University Institute is a highly specialised academic unit devoted to research and training on the history of Europe.  It specialises in the comparative, transnational and global history of Europe in a long-term perspective, in order to make sense of long cycles of transformation, and of the ideas, institutions, social and political formations that define the Europeans. Its distinctive focus on cross-European issues makes it the ideal partner for the promotion of a broad history of European integration.

Furthermore a rich and diverse intellectual contribution is made by the European University Institute Departments as well as the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Their work on the economic, legal, political and sociological aspects of European integration offers many opportunities for intellectual debate and empirical research.

Last but not least the EUI Library’s comprehensive collections and first-class information services is available for consultation.

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Upcoming seminar: "L'Europa oltre l'Europa"

Third installment of the annual "Idee d'Europa" seminars at HAEU on 10 May 2017.

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