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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 07/03/2007

Georg Kreis on the colonial interests behind the Treaty of Rome

The historian Georg Kreis points out that four of the six parties that signed the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundation for the EU, were still colonial powers at the time. France, in particular, made sure that its colonies were included in the treaty. "Was France seeking the silent immortalisation or the secret liquidation of the French colonial empire ? The former was no doubt the long-term goal, but in the medium term the latter was the consequence. The treaty had the immediate effect of turning national colonialism into supranational colonialism. The idea was that other Europeans would buy more French colonial products at prices that were above the world market average. Moreover, the French - by no means unselfishly - expected their fellow Europeans to help them finance the loans that were necessary for investments in the colonies. They wanted to make it look like they were selling out colonialism so that they wouldn't have to give it up after all."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 31/07/2006

Georg Kreis considers the revival of Swiss patriotism

Interviewed by Nicolas Dufour, the Swiss historian Georg Kreis says he does not believe the national pride displayed by Switzerland during the World Cup reflects a genuine patriotic revival. "This movement is a product of a desire to be seen, to flaunt onself. Words, texts or songs are no longer that significant; it is henceforth symbols that carry the day. ... I do not really believe in the emergence of a great mobilising force. During the World Cup, this collective expression was easy, it was like a simple game that had no real consequences in peoples' private lives. This remains something that is based more and more on personal, private values. Questions of common values are left aside. ... Deep patriotism implies a consensus on certain values."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 06/01/2006


"What is anti-Americanism? When are we talking about an opinion and when are we talking about a prejudice?" asks Swiss historian Georg Kreis, summing up a conference on the subject attended by European and American academics. "It makes sense to distinguish between two types of reflex: a reflex produced by American culture, and a reflex produced by American politics. Naturally, there are reflexes which are produced by both at the same time – because the two things are somehow related. The use of the term 'reflex' refers to the fact that we're talking about an attitude for which the person who is reacting is primarily responsible. The person who produces the reaction is only secondarily responsible for the reaction."

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