Walter Hallstein

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Walter Hallstein
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President of the European Commission
In office
7 January 1958 – 30 June 1967
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Jean Rey
Personal details
Born (1901-11-17)17 November 1901
Mainz, German Empire
Died 29 March 1982(1982-03-29) (aged 80)
Stuttgart, West Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Alma mater Friedrich Wilhelm University

Walter Hallstein (1901 -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.

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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