During the 20th century, many different views arose concerning the unification of a previously divided Europe. Opinions varied depending on the individuals country and heritage, but largely because unification could improve conditions in some countries, while jeopardizing the conditions in others. Those in favor of a unified Europe usually had something to gain from it, while those who were against it had something to lose.
Many countries were tired after WW1 and WW2, and interested in finding a possible source of peace. As Konrad Adenaver states "Nations cannot continue to live exclusively according to their own desires and inclinations."(Doc 6). The ideas of new imperialism and nationalism were being replaced with ideas of peace and unification. In this hope for new found peace , countries such as France, Germany, and many other countries became involved in the European Economic Community(EEC). Sir Winston Churchill wished to be more like the U.S, and to form a council of Europe. (Doc1) Being the former Prime minister Britain, he might want this due to Britain ties and respect for the U.S.
Not everyone shared this respect for the U.S, as shown in a Soviet Newspaper, a cartoon of a greedy American destroying Sovereignty of West European Countries. (Doc 4) Spain seemed to also have some hesitation in the idea of a unified Europe. The prime minister of Spain, Felipe Gonzalez, states "NATO membership and joining the European Community mean the end of the traditional isolation of span." (Doc 11) Since the U.S was the creator of NATO, Spain might have some hostility towards America for being left out of NATO, while Russians may have hostility left over from the cold war.
France seemed to be a bit irritated with the fact that Britain "first refused to participate and even took a hostile attitude, as if the EEC were a economic and political threat."(Doc 8) These words, spoken by the President of France Charles de Gaulle, summed up the attitude of many French....
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