Henri-Spaak Reading (Notes)

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Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 212
Professor
Hudson Meadwell
Semester
Winter

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POLI 212­ Henri­Spaak Reading (Notes) • Henri­Spaak ▯ a transformation of Europe is certainly necessary, and must not only   include an organization of Europe’s resources, but eventually the union of  European countries • At the time (1950), Henri­Spaak speaks of a Europe that is a mutilated continent;  cut by the iron curtain and essentially a “cape of Asia” o He states that the military, political, and intellectual influence of the  Western European countries is declining • He states that we should not minimize the importance of the absence of a common  language in Europe, of the existence of age­old traditions and the memory of  rivalries expressed in bloody and often cruel wars • Additionally, he cites that while these obstacles can be surmounted, the greater  challenge is overcoming economic obstacles▯the prosperity of one country  depends on the prosperity of others • “To create a new and better economic balance in Europe we must first destroy the  old one.” • However, Henri­Spaak states that it is incorrect to assume that an economic union  is the only means of improving Europe’s position o “The organized international life for which we are working cannot be  realized unless we destroy the dogma of the sovereignty of states” • Alas, this cannot be achie
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