The New Europe/Volume 1/The New Europe
|The New Europe|
|Vol. I, No. 1.||October 19, 1916|
The New Europe
"The New Europe" is a weekly paper devoted to the study of foreign politics and of the problems raised by this war. Its foremost aim is to further and consolidate that entente cordiale of allied publicists, which must accompany the wider political entente, if the Allies are to think and act in harmony, and to help towards the formation of a sane and well-informed body of public opinion upon all subjects affecting the future of Europe. Its highest ambition will be to provide a rallying ground for all those who see in European reconstruction, on a basis of nationality, the rights of minorities, and the hard facts of geography and economics, the sole guarantee against an early repetition of the horrors of the present war.
It will be our endeavour to unmask the great designs of German war policy, to provide the historical, racial and strategic background of problems too long neglected in our comfortable island, and to emphasize the need of a carefully thought-out counter-plan, as an essential condition to allied victory. After our armies have won the war, our statesmen will have to win the peace, and their task will, indeed, be difficult, unless public opinion is alert, organised and eager to support them in a clearly defined and enlightened policy.
Our attitude, then, will be constructive rather than destructive; our methods will be frankly critical and vigilant, reading the meaning of history out of the brutal logic of facts. An "integral" victory such as alone can secure to Europe permanent peace and the reduction of armaments, the fulfilment of the solemn pledges assumed by our statesmen towards our smaller allies, the vindication of national rights and public law, the emancipation of the subject races of central and south-eastern Europe from German and Magyar control—such must be our answer to the Pangerman project of "Central Europe" and "Berlin-Bagdad."
10th October 1916.