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European Unity Is Way to ‘Sustaining Peace,’ Kohl Tells Bild

February 28, 2012

European leaders, struggling to overcome the debt crisis, should draw inspiration from the founding fathers of the European Union who championed unity after two world wars, German ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl said in an interview with Bild Zeitung.

“The visionaries of yesteryear were well aware of how difficult it would be and how long it would take to turn the European ideal into reality,” Kohl told the German newspaper. “The founding fathers were one in thinking that only a united Europe would offer the chance of sustaining peace and freedom.”

“The evil spirits of the past have in no way been banished -- they can always come back,” Kohl said.

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