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2011-12-09

"to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down".

The first NATO Secretary General, Lord Ismay, famously stated the organization's goal was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down".
 

Wikipedia

Twenty years after the Maastricht Treaty, which was designed not just to integrate Europe but to contain the might of a united Germany, Berlin had effectively united Europe under its control, with Britain all but shut out.
 

New York Times, 9 December 2011


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