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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Blast Kohl for Remarks on EU

LONDON -- British newspapers and politicians united Sunday to condemn German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for suggesting the alternative to closer European Union integration could be war in the 21st century.


Tristan Garel-Jones, a former British minister for Europe, said Kohl appeared to believe Germany could not be trusted to keep the international peace. "The message is clear: you must all do what we say or there will be war," he said in an article published in the Sunday Telegraph.


"Helmut Kohl seems to be using the spectre of past wars as nothing but a chilling aid to modern political ambitions," the Mail on Sunday newspaper, a close supporter of Britain's Conservative government, said in an editorial.


In a speech in Brussels on Friday, Kohl said the European Union risked taking a huge step backward unless there was greater harmony.


Echoing words he has used before, but which on this occasion struck a raw nerve in London, he said European integration was "in reality a question of war and peace in the 21st century."


Kohl repeated these sentiments in a speech in Munich on Saturday, saying: "The question of war or peace in the 21st century really hinges on the progress of European integration."