I feel compelled to respond to the claim by Clive Maxwell in his letter (‘Is sacrifice of Ulster all EU wants?’ Dec 7), in which he asserts that the outcome of the European project is a superstate “controlled by Germany”, and that they “have never been our friends”.
I do not wish to enter into a debate about the rights and wrongs of the European Union, but would like to point out that any such “superstate” would not be controlled by Germany (Jean-Claude Juncker is Luxembourgish, and Donald Tusk is Polish).
The outrageous claim that Germany has never been our friends is also untrue, since they supplied us with our monarchs for most of the 18th and 19th centuries (the royal House of Hanover, of which our current royal family are direct descendants). A large number of Wellington’s troops at the Battle of Waterloo were German (Prussian).
In fact, France and Spain have historically been “our enemies” for more protracted periods. The Germans, in my experience, are possibly the most Anglophile nation in Europe, who fail to understand the common anti-German bile, which, despite that nation’s extensive acts of atonement for the evils of Nazism, is a hangover from the world wars.
So, let us please remove from the EU debate the old chestnut that it is somehow a German conspiracy to achieve what the Kaiser and Hitler failed to do. Such a notion fails to account for the immense complexity of international politics being played out within the EU, and the ebb and flow of historical relationships between the nations.
Kenneth Crowe, Ballymoney