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Fine. Credit to Chirac. What difference would it make to your ability to acknowlege the historical, geopolitical significance of its institution and its instrumentality for implementing Desertec? Which is literally the framework, infrastructure, of a Greater Europe.

"As I said, the states of Northern Africa remain more or less sovereign"

I read that. You do not question the necessity of imperialism, although you also remarked earlier,

quite a lot of places still remember what it was like to have Europe at the centre of the world, and most of them would probably really rather prefer it to not happen again...


Overcoming that hurdle would require Europe to overcome a substantial internal hurdle as well: To realise how other people feel about last time Europe had empires.

My impression is that most Europeans remain in flat denial of most of the two or three centuries preceding the last world war. Europe cannot reassure former colonies of our benign intentions if we don't display some measure of awareness of historical reality.

Are you joking or do you mean to adopt a patronizing attitude toward the self-determination of nations "invited" to join the EU?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 11:49:28 AM EST
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