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I think not Keith. E.P. Thompson in my experience increasingly saw Europe as the key terrain on which many of the most important political battles of the future would have to be fought. He was, after all, a key figure in the European Nuclear Disarmament movement.John Palmer
Yes, John, thanks - E.P. Thompson was indeed a key figure in the European Nuclear Disarmament movement. But I don't think this settles the argument - because END was a grassroots democratic movement from below that was suspicious of fake internationalism from above from nation states. As END declared, 'The remedy lies in our own hands . . . We must commence to act as if a united, neutral and pacific Europe already exists. We must learn to be loyal, not to ‘East’ or ‘West’, but to each other, and we must disregard the prohibitions and limitations imposed by any national state . . . We must resist any attempt by the statesmen of East and west to manipulate this movement to their own advantage.'https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Nuclear_DisarmamentThe EU on the other hand is an undemocratic top-down capitalist bureaucracy that is not particularly pacific (eg. see the Ukraine) and led by states like France that have nuclear weapons. You can surely see the difference between Europe per se (and also European-wide grassroots movements like END) - and the EU as an institution that is part of the architecture of global capitalism? Cheers.