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After the end of the Second World War, Europe looks for ways to prevent another outbreak of conflict.

France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK sign the Brussels Treaty agreeing on military assistance, economic, social and cultural cooperation.

A year later the same countries set up the Council of Europe - a forum for all European countries to discuss informal co-operation.

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