Monday, January 15, 2007

Is it St. Crispin's day?

The Guardian reported today that in 1956 the prime minister of France visited London to discuss the possibility of France and Britain uniting as a single country with the British Queen as head of state. Let that sink in for a moment...

This is the strangest news story on European politics that I have read in quite some time. Had Anthony Eden been more amenable to the idea, the entire history of European unity would have been quite different. Instead of Britain trying to gain entry to the Common Market in the 1960s, perhaps it would have been Germany and Italy trying to gain entry to the Anglo-French Empire.

This recently declassified information should give the writers of "alternative history" some interesting material to work with.

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