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Guilt by association

European integration is not a cover for German hegemonic ambitions. It is the only alternative to the destructive power politics of the past

By Michael Mertes   July 1997

Like any good writer who knows who the enemy is, John Laughland presents a forceful and compelling argument. It is a pity, however, that the centre piece of his book (which is really a collection of five distinct essays) is wrapped up in a tendentious discourse on what fascism and communism contributed to the “European ideology.” Since the beginning of time imperialists have invented schemes to legitimise their conquests. The Nazi appropriation of “Europe” (under the swastika) is well known. But this guilt by association does not discredit the idea of European integration any more than Nazi ideas discredit the…

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