Gavrilo Farage?

by Andrew Stuttaford

The Verdun card has just been played again, this time by Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Speaking on a visit to London for talks with William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, Mr Steinmeier said he was concerned about a drift towards scepticism that has aided parties such as Ukip, Germany’s AfD and the French Front National, and led Mr Cameron to offer an in/out referendum. Instead of moving further apart, European nations should cooperate ever more closely, he said, adding that history has shown that when European countries do not have close relations, military conflict can arise. “History before the First World War was a history of not talking to each other….

At this point, I will just note that in 1914 Britain and Germany were each other’s largest trading partners, that Czar Nicholas and the Kaiser were swapping telegrams until almost the last minute, and move on….