Letter: European family

Sir: I agree with Norman Paterson in his desire not to see another European War (letter, 10 March). But will closer European integration further that cause?

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.


Teddington, Middlesex