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parliamentary majority, public opinion is generally reflected in the press, of which about one half sides with the Government, whilst the other half is constantly engaged in abusing the party in power, and in describing its foreign policy, in unmistakable language, as a perfect abyss of folly and recklessness. We need but refer to the outcry in the British opposition press against the late Mr. Chamberlain's South African policy. — It has, unfortunately, to be admitted, that if the present war leads to an old-fashioned peace, there will be more need for secret diplomacy than ever; which will mean more phrases, more intrigues, more spies, more mutual deceit than ever. For can it be denied, that, in dealing with German diplomacy, to which, in Lord Cromer's opinion, the "general anathema" would be more particularly applicable, other countries will have to fight German diplomatic methods with their own objectionable weapons, and that, in so doing, they adopt the only way open to them, a way which their agents, as honest men, thoroughly detest and abhor? Can it be denied, that a diplomatist who acted in any other way, in order not to lower himself in his own eyes, would be a useless dreamer, if not worse? The fact is, that the abolishment of secret Diplomacy would be a dangerous thing for any country which carried it honestly into effect and that it can only be reached by States forming the Union of Europe, which we submit to be the only solution of the present crisis, and with

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