It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In the future, according to fashionable opinion, Britain’s trans-Atlantic relationship was going to count for less.

Those exceptionally close political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, and military ties between Britain and the United States were not so much going to fray, as be supplanted. New bonds with a new Europe were going to make us less Atlanticist, and less reliant on American military muscle. Washington was going to look to Bonn, then Berlin—or even Brussels—for diplomatic intimacy.

The European Union, Samuel...

 

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