Disparate visions of the EU’s role

Resistance against Nazi occupation (picture Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

Published in The Times, 22 September 2004

By Richard Laming

Sir, The hegemony of Nazi-ruled Europe was not federalist (letter, September 18) but nationalist. The Europe of the 1930s was uniting not by consent but by force.

How very different from today. Relations between states are governed by law, citizens have rights that are respected by governments and the threat of war has been lifted from our continent.

The founders of the European Union were drawn from the opposition to the dictators of the 1930s.

Yours faithfully,

(Director), Federal Union,
PO Box 44404, SE1 7TZ.
September 18.

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