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We are interested and associated but not absorbed. The appeal is almost exactly parallel to the appeal for tightening the economic union of the British Commonwealth, and is open to the same dangers and objections.

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I am now going to say something that will astonish you. What is this sovereign remedy? Can the peoples of Europe rise to the heights of the soul and of the instinct and spirit of man?

It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, safety and freedom.

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Yet all the while there is a remedy which, if it were generally and spontaneously adopted by the great majority of people in many lands, would as by a miracle transform the whole scene and would in a few years make all Europe, or the greater part of it, as free and happy as Switzerland is today. The British Note points to the obvious danger that such an organisation might emphasise what it calls inter-continental rivalries, by which it apparently means European rivalry with the United States of America and with the British Commonwealth. Volt Europa[ edit ] Volt Europa is a pan-European, progressive movement that stands for a new and inclusive way of doing politics and that wants to bring change for European citizens. Is there any need for further floods of agony? We are with Europe, but not of it. Herriot, that England was willing to participate in the coal inquiry at Geneva with proposals to solve this question from an all-European point of view. The guilty must be punished. Since nobody objects to the existence of the United States of America or of the British Commonwealth which are on excellent terns with one another , why should not a third group be organised and remain in friendly relationship with the first two? Briand addressed to the European Powers last May inviting their consideration of his suggestions for what has been grandiloquently, and most misleadingly, described as a United States of Europe. Nevertheless the British Government has felt no difficulty about expressing certain far-reaching criticism of M. In order that this may be accomplished there must be an act of faith in which the millions of families speaking many languages must consciously take part. Neither the National Review nor the Chronicle of Higher Education doubt the appropriateness of the term in their reviews. He also states that these core states should federalise the following five policy areas: a European social-economic policy, technology cooperation, a common justice and security policy, a common diplomacy and a European army. On the contrary, I believe that the larger synthesis can only survive if it is founded upon broad natural groupings. The ancient States and principalities of Germany, freely joined for mutual convenience in a federal system, might take their individual places among the United States of Europe.

If they could, the wrongs and injuries which have been inflicted would have been washed away on all sides by the miseries which have been endured.

It is an excellent thing that the British Government should have grasped this cardinal point and put it firmly in the forefront of its criticisms.

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Broadly, the British Note agrees with M. This tree to this day is still growing in the gardens of Maison de Hauteville, St. Briand might have argued that it would be well to bring into his European system those semi-European States Russia, and Turkey which are not members of the League. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte remarked: "Europe thus divided into nationalities freely formed and free internally, peace between States would have become easier: the United States of Europe would become a possibility". He might have said that the basis of European union should be European disarmament, or European Free Trade. But the dangers have not stopped. As a transnational party, it believes it can help the European people unite, create a shared vision and understanding, exchange good practices across the continent, and come up with working policies. Briand was careful to say that sovereign rights most be retained intact. Herriot expressed his conviction that Great Britain had no wish to oppose an European settlement. University of Zurich I wish to speak about the tragedy of Europe, this noble continent, the home of all the great parent races of the Western world, the foundation of Christian faith and ethics, the origin of most of the culture, arts, philosophy and science both of ancient and modern times. Briand suggests will have the effect which is desired or the opposite effect. The League did not fail because of its principles or conceptions. There is already a natural grouping in the Western Hemisphere. Briand is only saying what every French Foreign Minister has always said before the League of Nations. This is another objection hardly less vital than the first.

In order that this may be accomplished there must be an act of faith in which the millions of families speaking many languages must consciously take part. Here the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin stated: "That in order to achieve the triumph of liberty, justice and peace in the international relations of Europe, and to render civil war impossible among the various peoples which make up the European family, only a single course lies open: to constitute the United States of Europe".

That is all that Europeans, grouped in so many ancient states and nations, and that is all that the Germanic races have got by tearing each other to pieces and spreading havoc far and wide.

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The process is simple. The fighting has stopped. Briand might have argued that it would be well to bring into his European system those semi-European States Russia, and Turkey which are not members of the League. What is this plight to which Europe has been reduced? That statement of time is not one to which anybody could take exception. I now sum up the propositions which are before you. In this urgent work France and Germany must take the lead together. Yet all the while there is a remedy which, if it were generally and spontaneously adopted by the great majority of people in many lands, would as by a miracle transform the whole scene and would in a few years make all Europe, or the greater part of it, as free and happy as Switzerland is today. Our constant aim must be to build and fortify the United Nations Organisation. The League did not fail because of its principles or conceptions. Guy Verhofstadt[ edit ] Following the negative referendums about the European Constitution in France and the Netherlands , the Belgian ex prime minister Guy Verhofstadt released in November his book, written in Dutch , Verenigde Staten van Europa "United States of Europe" in which he claims — based on the results of a Eurobarometer questionnaire — that the average European citizen wants more Europe. It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, safety and freedom.

There can be no revival of Europe without a spiritually great France and a spiritually great Germany.

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