De Gaulle prophecy about the EU

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"[De Gaulle] said that the reference in Mr Churchill's Zurich speech to a Franco-German partnership has been badly received in France. Germany, as a state, no longer existed. All Frenchmen were violently opposed to recreating any kind of unified, centralised Reich, and were gravely suspicious of the policy of the American and British Governments. Unless steps were taken to prevent a resuscitation of German power, there was a danger that a United Europe would become nothing else than an enlarged of European union, France must come in as a founder partner with Brtain. Moreover, the two countries must reach a precise understanding with one another upon the attitude to be adopted towards Germany before any approaches were made to the latter."-Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill, VII, p.1156, quoted in Jenkins, Churchill: A Biography, (2001), p.814
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