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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Europeans face historic choice: unite or divide?

By RAF CASERT and DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union rose from the ashes of World War II, a conflagration that pitted the continent’s great powers against each other and left scars on the land and the mind alike. And from the start, the question was whether this unique experiment in goodwill would ever become a United States of Europe, where cooperation ranked ahead of nationalism.

Now the time for the decision is at hand. People on the continent face a historic choice that is as much about themselves as it is about their money: Do they see themselves going forward primarily as Europeans or governed as French, Germans, Italians, Spaniards and so on?

The immediate cause of the urgency is the precarious state of the euro, the currency shared by 17 EU countries. It is teetering on brink of breakup precisely because that basic question has never been answered. The euro’s woes have shown that, with respect to a currency, halfway integration doesn’t work. Diverging national plans have been out of whack with a united monetary policy.

And political leaders have said that if the euro fails, the EU may well follow.

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