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“I am enthusiastically eu; no proficient individual may well heavily desire to go back to the embattled, together adverse circle of suspicious and introverted countries that was once the eu continent within the really contemporary earlier. however it is something to imagine an final result fascinating, really one other to consider it truly is attainable. it's my rivalry really united Europe is adequately not going for it to be unwise and self-defeating to insist upon it. i'm therefore, i assume, a Euro-pessimist.” —Tony Judt

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The true function of the Common Agricultural Policy is thus political, not economic. In electoral terms, however, it was decreasingly relevant; the number of peasant voters in the states of the European Community fell steadily and sharply through the 1950s and 1960s, the decline only slowing down briefly with the adhesion of Spain, Portugal, and Greece twenty years later. If French politicians had merely been counting votes they could have saved themselves the trouble and expense of such a policy.

S. S. foreign-policy makers. Certainly there were debates, in the United States as within West Germany itself, on the form of a new German state as well as on the question of deNazification of its political elite. R. {30} A GRAND ILLUSION? sian practices of commerce and industry between the wars, the lost opportunities for investment and modernization, and the destruction of plant and transportation infrastructure, Western Europe after 1945 was catching up not just to 1939, 1929, or even 1918 but to 1913.

For good and ill the postwar circumstances, the midwife of midtwentieth-century Western European prosperity, were unique; no one else will have the same good fortune. Just how far did this transformation of Western Europe in the decades after the war alter its standing in the world? Certainly, a failure to reconstruct Europe in these years would have been disastrous; in 1946 there was little confidence in the prospect. "9 But what exactly was achieved as a result of the recovery of confidence and the economic renewal that ensued?

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