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Europe versus its past

Writing on the eve of the Europe/Asia summit in early March, Brian Beedham explained why Europe is weak and divided

By Brian Beedham   April 1996

International Herald Tribune

29th February 1996

Eighty years ago this week, young men were being mowed down like grass in the fields around Verdun, in a battle that killed 250,000 French and German soldiers to virtually no military effect. Next 1st July it will be 80 years since the start of the battle of the Somme, which killed 400,000 young Britons, Germans and Frenchmen for the sake of a slice of land the size of Paris’s Left Bank. If you wonder why the Europe of 1996 stumbles around the world in a daze, remember how that first war led to…

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