Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

Europe's Exceptionalism

Magazine article The Wilson Quarterly

Europe's Exceptionalism

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Europe is not a second America. It is at once less and more than a nation: It is a community of nations. Europe is perhaps the first example in history of a non-dominant world power. It has a rich historical experience, economic force, and its own social model. It is achieving its unification, and it is starting to endow itself with a foreign policy and a shared security policy. It has its own way of envisioning international concerns--always friendly when it comes to the U.S., rarely antagonistic, but sometimes just different. You should not then think that Europe's calling is simply to be a host of docile--and generous--nations, following in your wake.

Such as it is, Europe can bring to the world a unique experience and a nuanced approach to current realities. Europe is first of all a zone of peace and a pole of stability. This is a great historical change! Let us not forget that European rivalries provoked two world wars and fostered two totalitarian regimes. …

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