THE NATIONS: Design of Providence?

This week, on the banks of the River Meuse, France's ex-President Charles de Gaulle broke a long silence. He called for a Western European bloc, built around a Franco-British alliance, to stand as arbiter between the two giants of the East and West. De Gaulle quoted a prophetic countryman, Historian Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote 111 years ago:

"Two great peoples, starting at different points, go forward toward the same end; these are the Russians and the Americans. The others seem to have attained the limits that nature traced for them; these two alone go forward in a race of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!