A Reminder to England


Victor Hugo speaking on the advent of a unified Europe at the International Peace Congress in 1851: “Henceforth the goal of great politics, of true politics, is this: the recognition of all nationalities, the restoration of the historical unity of nations and the uniting of the latter to civilization by peace, the relentless enlargement of the civilized group, the setting of an example to the still-savage nations; in short, and this recapitulates all I have said, the assurance that justice will have the last word, spoken in the past by might.”

And in 1869: “Fellow citizens of the United States of Europe…You exist, therefore it exists. You confirm it by the union from which unity is taking shape. You are the beginning of a great future.”

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