Neutrals will, as far as the destruction of Prussian militarism is concemed, be glad to eat their cake and have it. But they will remain inactive as long as possible, and they will only think of self-defence. For a divided Europe, after the war, will mean as much danger to them as bef ore it or during it.
But if the Neutrals were confronted with a clear, distinct aim, held up to them by the Entente: a solemn promise of a new, United Europe, their attitude would change. But it would change only, if, beyond the words, they could discern a solid fact, a tangible reality. What the foundations of a newly united Europe might be, we have endeavoured to show in this essay.
If the United States, Spain, Roumania, Sweden and Norway, upon the reception of such a proposal, made to them each simultaneously by the Entente Powers, were to declare to Germany and to her Allies, that unless they agreed to the proposal for a United Europe, these five States would, one and all, decline any further direct intercourse during the war, the Central Powers would at last know that their cause is hopeless, and they would, if the process of attrition had gone far enough, welcome the Union of Europe as the only way out of the impasse into which their aggressiveness has brought them.
Many German authors point to Russia as a constant and invincible menace to their country. But the Russian character, on the whole, is far more peacefully