Europe now has a new chance for unification. The political situation of the world is in a state of flux, and Europe is one of its main foci. In all the Eastern European states people are summing up the events of 1989/ 90 in the phrase ‘return to Europe’ (Ash 1990). From a Western European viewpoint, it is rather the ‘return of Europe’ (Schulze 1990); with the old contours of Europe (unity in diversity) once more becoming visible, we can now rediscover a European normality long regarded as extinct (see Weidenfeld 1990). This ‘return to Europe’ involves the wish for constitutions based on the idea of liberty and human rights, and structured according to the principles of conciliation, compromise and democracy.
KeywordsEuropean Integration National Identification Eastern EUROPE German Unification Single European Market
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