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It must be well understood that the Union of Europe cannot be achieved, unless the principle of Freetrade is admitted as a sine qua non, not only as regards European States, but also with regard to their colonial possessions.

Although we should not advocate any curtailment of the individual sovereignty of each State, there ought certainly to be a maximum of uniformity in respect to the form of government. We have to place ourselves on the point of view, that even although democracies may not be quite free of aggressiveness, they will certainly prove to be that form of government which, coupled with interstate Freetrade, offers the least possible chance of international conflict. The States forming the Union of Europe will, therefore, have to be republics withchosen or hereditary heads; the former with a constitution like that of France, the latter with one like that of Holland or Belgium.

Their constitutions may vary a great deal in accordance with national characteristics and traditions; but they should all have some articles in common, of which the principal ones are:

i. All interstate relations are carried on in an International Parliament in which each State is represented by 5 members, who reside permanently in the place where that Parliament has its Site, e. g. at the Hague, which has already become the traditional centre of the study of International Law.

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