Letter: European family
Andrew Chadwick is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the New Political Communication Unit in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. His latest book 'The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power' will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He has recently started a new research project examining the democratic implications of the new forms of political activism that combine “lifestyle” celebrities with distributed networks of engagement.
Friday 12 March 1999
One of the greatest causes of war in this century has been the collapse of empires or states formed from a collection of culturally diverse nations.
A looser collection of friendly and co-operating states (as we have at present) might give us a better chance of peace in the long term. Rather as members of an extended family keep in touch and help each other out from time to time so might the European Union best operate. A more closely integrated Europe might end up like a kind of permanent family Christmas, which, however much you love your family, I wouldn't wish on anyone.
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