Throughout history, practical and pragmatic politicians from Caesar to Napoleon to Hitler have seen the need for a United Europe and welded large sections of that unhappy continent into unions imposed by force and sustained by fear. The occasional prophet who dared envision a Europe united, like Tennyson's "Parliament of man," in voluntary federation for the common good was condemned to brood alone in the Poets' Corner.

Today, practical men as well as dreamers are talking as they have never talked before of federation in the West. They know that in the East a federation already exists: imposed, like Caesar's...

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