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“I am enthusiastically eu; no trained individual may well heavily desire to go back to the embattled, together opposed circle of suspicious and introverted countries that was once the ecu continent within the relatively contemporary earlier. however it is something to imagine an end result fascinating, rather one other to consider it's attainable. it's my rivalry actually united Europe is adequately not likely for it to be unwise and self-defeating to insist upon it. i'm hence, i assume, a Euro-pessimist.” —Tony Judt

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But it falls across a terrain where Poles, Lithuanians, and Russians [51] TONY JUDT have also met, mixed, and fought. Roman Catholicism stretches a good way farther east than Gdansk/Danzig, German is (or was) spoken in towns and valleys far into the Slavic heartlands, and Bohemia was an integral and (until 1948) flourishing component in the Industrial Revolution which more than anything else marked western Europe off from the rest of the continent. Would it not be easier, as so many have suggested, to acknowledge a further subdivision, that of central Europe?

7 percent in 1980. K. paid for failing to join the European club. But France, whose 9. " She was wrong in both cases. {34} A GRAND ILLUSION? 9 percent in 1929, had climbed back to 10 percent by 1980. 9 percent in 1980 (by contrast, the Japanese share of the same index rose nearly 400 percent in the same years). It seems fair to conclude that among European states, what distinguished EEC countries from others was that the former were enabled, slowly, to recover lost ground, whereas the latter never did.

It seems fair to conclude that among European states, what distinguished EEC countries from others was that the former were enabled, slowly, to recover lost ground, whereas the latter never did. By such measures the outstanding accomplishment of the European Community was to put its members back, more or less, where they had once been. In the circumstances this was no mean achievement, but its significance should not be misread. If Western Europe in the years of its fastest growth and greatest prosperity was only playing catch-up, then its long-term prospects in an era of slower growth are unpromising.

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