Europe's Future: Go West, Old Man

WHEN THE GROUND BEGAN SHAKING UNDER EAST GERmany more than three years ago, , the race was on between the unification of Germany and the unification of Western Europe. Last month the results came in. Germany won.

West European unification was premised on the cold war: a divided Europe and a diminished (West) Germany held within the bounds of a deep, strong, European union. Given time, this might have come about. Had the cold war persisted another decade or so, a federal Western Europe might have been established in the shelter, as it were, of the Berlin Wall.

But the Wall...

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