The United States of Europe – an aspiration since???

Congratulations to long-standing CIB member and independence campaigner Sonya Porter, whose letter (below) was published in last Friday’s Daily Mail.


Back in 1960, I learned which country was destined to be the organ grinder to whose tune the monkeys of Brussels would have to dance.

I was a shorthand typist with the International Labour Office, one of the UN agencies in Geneva.

One morning my boss took me to a conference by the European Coal and Steel Community, a forerunner of the EU.   It was extremely dull and, after putting on the translation headphones, I dozed off.

I woke with a start when the German delegate said:  ‘And we hope within a few years, Europe will be one country.’   I thought:  Goodness, gracious, they’re at it again!   That delegate might have meant it in the nicest possible way, but it was only 15 years after World War II, and that was not the way I took it.

I think I was right, wasn’t I?

Sonya Porter

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  1. Phil JonesReply

    Love it! The Germans will always hope for a European country — as long as they are the ones running it! Fifty-eight years later, but as true today as then. And also true for almost a century preceding fifty-eight years ago.

  2. david bartropReply

    A car sticker for all of us,:-
    Brexiteers like cliff edges, they can soar on trade
    thermals. ( picture of a hang glider)
    David Bartrop

  3. David LinneyReply

    Britain fought on her own and with great sacrifice 78 years ago to eventually rescue the countries of Europe from the clutches of the Third Reich…………………………sound familiar ?

  4. Gordon WebsterReply

    A United States of Europe has been the aspiration since Jean Monnet, who made it clear that it must happen in small steps so the people wouldn’t notice.
    M. Monnet you see was a smart man who knew the people of Europe would never accept rule by or from Paris, or Berlin, so it had to happen y stealth. The problem for the Merkels, Junckers and Barniers, is they are living, or trying to live, a dead man’s dream. As we all know, you cannot successfully do that.

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