Thursday, April 06, 2006

What will be has always been

In these last years there have been and still is much talk of Europe and European civilization, of anti-Europe and and forces opposed to European civilization, and so on. Appeals, articles in newspapers, discussions and polemics: in all the word “Europe” has been tossed around with unusual frequency, for good reasons and bad. But if we stop to analyze a little more closely what is meant by “Europe” we immediately become conscious of the enormous confusion which reigns in the minds of those who talk about it.
- Federico Chabod, Storia dell’idea d’Europa, 1943-44

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