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The German ideology

What do the Germans want from Europe? As the European Union prepares for the intergovernmental conference in Turin, the German government is pressing for one more stride towards integration. Michael Maclay describes the group of true believers behind Germany's European policy

By Michael Maclay   March 1996

Last May, the people of the Schwarzwald village of Oberkirch commemorated VE Day. More than that, they celebrated it with enthusiasm, sensitivity and panache. The mayor, Willi St?chele, hailed the birth of peace and freedom. Visitors from Oberkirch’s twin towns in France, Belgium, Britain and the eastern part of Germany were entertained at a round of concerts, exhibitions and parties. The hosts struck an appropriate balance between solemn remembrance and hope for the future. The high school orchestra put on an ambitious programme including Gorecki and Britten. On a painfully beautiful spring day, amid the birch and the pines, there…

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