How long-standing German policy blended with the EU Project.
Readers of Anthony Coughlan’s article on recent German policy for a
unified European federal state may have been surprised by his mention of
Hitler’s domination of Europe as being reminiscent of conspiracy theory.
However, reliable documentary sources show that German politicians had
plans for European unification long before the Nazi era. In the early
19th century, Germany was divided into numerous smaller states, of which
the largest were Prussia and Bavaria. People realised that a divided
Germany could not gain the advantages of the industrial revolution
without a large economic area and technical developments like railways.
So they joined in a Customs Union (Zollverein) with a common external
tariff and internal free movement of goods. It was in operation thirty
years before Germany became a politically unified state in 1871.
There was nothing inherently sinister in this and it was remarkably
successful. The most prominent advocate of the system was the economist
Friedrich List, who appeared on the post war postage stamps of both the
communist German Democratic Republic ( as the unifier of the German
railway system) and of the West German Post Office (as a forerunner and
prophet of the European Economic Community).
List’s ideas also influenced the policies of Imperial Germany from
1871, the Weimar Republic from 1918 and the Nazi era (1933-1945) , as
is demonstrated in the following article with an eye witness video
account of the true aims of the post war European Coal & Steel
Community, as well as documentary evidence of the policies followed by
the leadership of the Third Reich in what they also called the “European
Economic Community”. Sufficient original text is provided so that people
can take a balanced view on adequate evidence rather than short excerpts.