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France and Germany: The Arbiters of European Peace

Sept. 21, 2017 When the strategies of Paris and Berlin change, so too will the institutions that pacified the Continent.


The European Union, for all its ambition and inclusivity, is a function of relations between its most important members: France and Germany. It was an experiment meant to test the limits of their animosity. If France and Germany were bound together in such a way that prosperity for one meant prosperity for the other, then perhaps they would not rip the Continent apart again as they had in World War I and World War II. It was a noble experiment, and for a long time it worked. So effective were the European Union and its precursor ...

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