By Rodney Stark, Charles Y. Glock
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S. Hyperpower French foreign policy had, for half a century, pursued the objective of creating a European bloc capable of playing a global role independent of the superpowers. In President Charles de Gaulle’s vision of a “Europe of nations,” other states would eventually rally behind France’s bid to reclaim a role on the world stage. The Gaullist approach to European integration advocated intergovernmental cooperation by sovereign nations rather than building supranational institutions. Yet the Gaullist vision of a geostrategic role for Europe could not be realized without deep European integration involving a sacriﬁce of French sovereignty incompatible with Gaullism.
Deeper integration was to include monetary union as well as a common foreign and security policy in order to make Germany even more European. Thus, the traditional Atlanticist method of inviting the United States as European balancer could be superseded by the new Europeanist method of absorbing Germany into an EU functioning as security community. S. presence in Europe would be necessary to prevent German nationalist ambitions. S. engagement as a counterbalance against possible domination by continental neighbors France and Germany.
The sheer size of the EU’s domestic market has allowed more European companies to grow to an internationally competitive size. Out of the biggest 500 multinational companies, 185 were still based in the United States, but 126 were European and 108 Japanese. ”4 In the 1950s, two competing concepts for European economic integration were put into practice. On the one hand, the six founders of the EEC set out to create a customs union, to adopt a common agricultural policy, and to embark on an open-ended process of integration.
American Piety: The Nature of Religious Commitment (Patterns of Religious Commitment) by Rodney Stark, Charles Y. Glock