The Economics of Success

The Economics of Success

The Economics of Success

The Economics of Success

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This book is published in the English-speaking countries at a time when Atlantic co-operation is facing grave difficulties. It is our task to deal with these difficulties. Publication of my speeches and articles at this moment may perhaps bring home to the reader the fact that German economic policy has, since the end of the war, sought consistently and unswervingly, to establish an ever closer link with the entire free world. The German revival was, to a significant extent, only possible because we formed close political and economic ties in Europe and across the Atlantic, and awareness of this will continue to shape my political thought and actions in the future. We shall not be deterred by anyone or anything from contributing to a wide European unity, and to the strengthening of Europe's transatlantic ties.

In the political, military and economic spheres, three decades have made the world shrink; it is now too small for us to indulge in the luxury of repudiating our alliances and our close co-operation with all the countries of the free Atlantic world, in favour of a narrow and exclusive independence. A prosperous future cannot be built upon a policy of isolation; the need is for active unity and close collaboration.

Freedom is too precious a thing to be jeopardized; and yet the perils are too great and the threats to freedom too powerful for a single people or a small group of peoples to attempt to withstand them alone. As we have begun, so we shall continue.

Bonn, March 1963 . . .

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