|Foto: Astrid Nydahl|
"In short, it is not only not true that to be a good European it is necessary to be less an Englishman, or a Frenchman, or any other nationality; it is also not true that to be a good European one must have an equal and impartial affection for every other European country. There is always a danger that some enthusiastic supporters may envisage European culture as something which could be completely unified, which should obliterate regional and national differences: and that could only lead to a condition in which we should have nothing to gain from each other."
"The point to which I am leading is a very simple and obvious one. It is, that however desirable it is that we should be Europeans as well as Englishmen, we do not want to become abstractEuropeans; and that however desirable it is that we should cultivate a closer understanding with all peoples of Europe, it is none the less necessary – no, I should say, all the more necessary – that we should tie more closely our relations with those countries with whose cultures we have already the strongest and most inveterate sympathy."