THE NATIONS: No One Is Astonished

In the 5th Century the Huns destroyed Strasbourg, but the city rose again until it became part of the Holy Roman Empire—the first and only European union. Since then, the single, jagged spire of Strasbourg's red stone cathedral has seen the tides of war sweep back & forth across the Alsatian plain. This week Strasbourg became the center of a great if still uncertain move to revive the dream of European union. In the central hall of Strasbourg's university, delegates from ten European countries assembled in the first session of the Council of Europe.

The Council, created last winter by...

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