Europe: two views

Robert_Schuman“The European spirit signifies being conscious of belonging to a cultural family and to have a willingness to serve that community in the spirit of total mutuality, without any hidden motives of hegemony or the selfish exploitation of others. The 19 th century saw feudal ideas being opposed and, with the rise of a national spirit, nationalities asserting themselves. Our century, that has witnessed the catastrophes resulting in the unending class of nationalities, must attempt and succeed in reconciling nations in a supranational association. This would safeguard the diversities and aspirations of each nation while coordinating them in the same manner as the regions are coordinated within the unity of the nation.”

Robert Schuman, speaking in Strasbourg on 16th May 1950agence-referencement-strasbourg

“I believe that federation in Europe can never work because, although the geography is very often the same, there is not sufficient common ground in sympathy and characteristics to make it workOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA. To hold out hopes of federation I therefore consider to be dishonest at this time, and I feel there is no greater sin than falsely raising people’s hopes that something can be achieved which is from the very outset impossible or impractical.”

Sir Harry Legge Bourke M.P., speaking in The House of Commons on  26th  June 19500702

( Latter Sir Harry changed his mind on European Economic Community as it then was but only because he though that  a federal Europe could never come about.)

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