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„The idea of public right means, or ought to mean, perhaps, by a slow and gradual process, the substitution for force, for the clash of competing ambitions, of a real European partnership, based on the recognition of equal rights and established and enforced by a common will. A year ago that would have sounded like a Utopian idea. It is probably one that may not or will not be realised either today or tomorrow. If and when the war is decided in favour of the Allies, it will at once come within the range and before long within the grasp, of European statesmanship."

Mr. Asquith in Dublin, autumn 1914.