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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 11. August 1, 1957

Break their Legs, Knock out their Teeth

Break their Legs, Knock out their Teeth

"We want to make impossible in the future another war, another tremendous bloodshed between two brother nations. France and Germany. We want to make Siamese twins out of these two countries in such a way that they can't live without each other; to break their legs and knock out their teeth so that they can't do anything independently." This is how Prof. J. J. de Jong (of the Free University of Amsterdam), explained one of the major forces working for European Integration today. The Professor was giving an address on "European Politics" at V.U.C. He in effect defined "European" in this context as those countries desiring integration: namely the Benelux countries. Germany, France. Scandinavia, and Great Britain. It was perhaps a shame that the Professor did not have time to point out the importance of the countries of East Europe, the problems of a divided Germany, and the great influence of the Soviet Union on West European politics.

As well as the humanitarian and idealistic force described above, Professor de Jong pointed out that there are also economic, cultural and political forces: important for [unclear: early] at work or the last half century. (Since Professor de Jong is a Political Scientist it is not surprising, although unfortunate, that he did not take these factors even further back in time).

There are also obstacles to such a development: also cultural, political, economic and social. The Professor pointed out that there is a language difficulty in Europe, and there are the forces of nationalism to reckon with.

Nevertheless the Professor seemed confident that eventually the forces of integration will triumph.


Further comments on European Integration by Mr. S. H. Franklin, of the V.U.C. Geography Department, will he published in a future issue.