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Kalergi, A European spirit must precede Europe's political unification

Rediscovering the Path to Europe
Em. Macron, Rediscovering the Path to Europe

Source: R. N. Coudenhove-Kalergi, Europe Must Unite (Glarus: Paneuropa Editions Ltd, 1939) pp. 139-53


    Bern, September 1939


   There can be no shadow of doubt that technical progress will inevitably put an end to European dismemberment before this century has expired.

On the other hand it is quite uncertain by what method and in what form this union will be consummated.

There are three possibilities:

the joining up of Europe and the Soviet Union as a consequence of social revolution; or

the establishment in Central Europe of the Third Reich's hegemony, which will then be extended over all Europe by war or the threat of war; or

a voluntary union of Europe in a league of free and equal nations.

The third solution alone conforms with the aim of the Paneuropa movement. The movement rejects the conception that Europe must unite at any price - even at the price of its culture and its freedom. It equally rejects extreme pacifism, which is prepared for the sake of peace to sacrifice that culture and that freedom. It prefers to postpone European union to a later date rather than to see it realised in the near future under the sway of a Bolshevist nationalist dictatorship.

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      Cf.  Proudhon, Principe Fédératif * Le mémorandum d'Alexis Leger * The Briand Memorandum * La Construction de l'Europe selon Jean Monnet * Plan Fouchet * L'Union Européenne selon Altiero Spinelli * Mitterrand and Kohl urge European Political Union


Rediscovering the Path to Europe Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

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