The origins of the EU – a new booklet by our Chairman

Because of my work, it was the European Common Agricultural Policy which puzzled me from 1972 onwards. The whole thing was so utterly strange in comparison to the common sense system we had before. It was not until 2002 when I received a copy of “European Economic Community”, published in Berlin in 1942, that I really grasped the ideological framework behind it. I translated the introduction and lead papers which form part of this pamphlet.

In 2017 I recorded an interview with Lord Walsingham, who was a Third Secretary in the Foreign Office of 1950 when Britain stayed out of the European project. He revealed that British Intelligence then knew of the hostile intent towards Britain of former fascists and Nazis in the post war French & German governments – their plan of subsidising each other’s heavy industries when in competition with Britain, to weaken our defence capability and assure their eventual ascendancy over the continent of Europe.

Like Lord Walsingham, the perspective of years leads me to the view that today’s EU is not “all a Nazi plot” but that it was heavily influenced from its beginnings  by such authoritarian ideas and that has contributed to  the alien ethos with which British people have never really been at home.

On a recent visit to Greece, I found that all sorts of people blamed Berlin rather than Brussels for the terrible austerity which EU policy has forced upon them. Back home, I wrote about  this to a Greek colleague, a business executive, pointing out the ideas of the German government of 1942 about management of European currencies in the post war era. The exchange rate of the euro gives Germany the export advantage of a currency of relatively low value, compared with  Germany’s highly capitalised, productive economy. For Greece and other “Club Med” countries with smaller, less developed resources, the euro exchange rate is far too high for them to be able to export their way out of their predicament.

My Greek friend replied “It is clear now to many Greeks and Europeans that Germany is responsible for the economic plunder of Greece. What happened to Greece was not an accident but a carefully made plan on the part of the always patient, ruthless and very scholastic Germans. It seems that they learned well their lessons from the two previous World Wars. This time Germany managed to conquer Europe without firing a single shot. Unfortunately Greece now (as it was then too) is suffering more casualties than any other European country….”

That is how things are seen in Greece today.

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4 comments

  1. Derek ReynoldsReply

    Sadly, the ‘elephant in the room’ is often taken for what it is not – benign. It lingers on in politics and government, as it is a part of their construct and those closest can no longer see any way forward without it, the pen being mightier etc.

  2. Phil JonesReply

    Edward, thanks for this. You are just reflecting what most of us have long thought. It’s just in the German psyche to try and dominate and impose their way of life on others. It’s not politically correct to say so now but I truly believe that the reason that the Nazis and Hitler were so successful at the time was because they reflected what many Germans felt — that the German way of life and values were superior to all others and needed to be imposed on others, and that once the ‘others’ came to realize that fact all of Europe (and in the bigger picture, the world) would benefit. There’s endless talk of the Versailles WWI treaty and Germans pushing wheelbarrows of paper money as being the root of WWII, but I truly don’t believe that was the main reason for the support that the Nazis and Hitler received. Which comes to now. I’m sorry to say that I still very much see Germans as trying to impose their way of life on the outside world. Having failed to do militarily, Germany now is attempting to do it economically. And France, that ever-floppy middle player, is now playing along again with Germany.

    In this scenario I see it as imperative that Mrs. May delivers fully on Brexit and that we don’t end up in some half-in, half-out state (as represented for instance by EFTA or EFTA/EEA), where Germany continues to hold its heavy hand over the UK. I shall always see the European Union as an attempt by Germany to create a new European country in its own mold and by stealth to integrate the rest of Europe into a German Empire. As mentioned, it’s perhaps not politically correct to hold such ideas — but I’ve watched and studied Germany and shall always hold these views.

  3. Alla!nReply

    That is one of the reasons I want out , I was born in West Germany , after the war but always sceptical about the square heads

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