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The EU isn’t needed to prevent war in Europe

Published 22/06/2016

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The argument that the EU and its predecessor, the EEC, have prevented war in Europe is completely spurious. You might as well claim that the Commonwealth has prevented a war between Australia and New Zealand.

What conceivable reason has there been for a war in post-war Western Europe, between who and about what? In particular, post-war Western Germany emerged as a peaceful democracy, which acknowledged the terrible things done in her name under National Socialism and tried to make amends.

The post-war military threat to Western Europe came from the Soviet Union and her Warsaw Pact allies and it was Nato, which included countries not in the EEC/EU, which countered this threat. The EEC/EU was irrelevant to the military situation.

But the EU certainly failed to stop the bitter ethnic wars that ravaged former Yugoslavia when that state disintegrated.

SEAN BRADLEY

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