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One of Europe’s most prominent statesmen has warned that resentment of Germany across the continent is so high that war remained a danger

‘The demons are only sleeping’: Luxembourg PM paints chilling portrait of  Europe as he draws parallels with build up to WW1

  • Jean-Claude  Juncker: ‘WW1 demons are not banished’
  • Says Bosnia  wars were ‘chillingly’ similar to early 1900s
  • Highlights  current anti-Germany sentiment in Europe

By  Allan Hall

PUBLISHED: 11:45 EST, 11  March 2013 |  UPDATED: 21:18 EST, 11 March 2013

Ominous prediction: Mr Juncker stopped short of saying that war was on the horizon but added, 'The demons haven't been banished, they are merely sleeping'
Ominous prediction: Mr Juncker stopped short of saying  that war was on the horizon but added, ‘The demons haven’t been banished, they  are merely sleeping’

One of Europe’s most prominent statesmen has  warned that resentment of Germany across the continent is so high that war  remained a danger.

Jean Claude Juncker, a long-time president of  the European Council, painted an ominous portrait of Europe, claiming there  ‘chilling’ parallels in 2013 with 100 years ago – the eve of the First World  War.

He said the eurozone crisis had exposed  long-standing tensions between countries.

Mr Juncker, 58, who is also prime minister of  Luxembourg, stopped short of saying that war was on the horizon but warned: ‘The  demons haven’t been banished; they are merely sleeping.’

Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, he said, remind us  of that and he said he was ‘chilled by the realization of how similar  circumstances in Europe in 2013 are to those of 100 years ago.’

In June 1914 the heir-apparent of the  Austrian-Hungarian empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated along with his wife  in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, setting in motion the political and military  alliances which dragged Europe into the greatest war ever seen.

By the end of it, three empires – including  that which Ferdinand was to inherit – had vanished and ten million soldiers were  dead, the continent ruined and exhausted with the way clear for the Nazis to  come to power in Germany.

Now with Europe wracked in a financial crisis  seemingly without end, in which societies are being pushed to the brink as the  middle classes are squeezed, Mr Juncker says he is shocked by the rise of  nationalist sentiments seen in countries like Greece and Italy, both hurting  under severe austerity measures.

He said he was deeply upset by the way  German politicians ‘lashed out’ at Greece as it went broke, adding; ‘I  was  just as shocked by the banners of protesters in Athens that showed  the German  chancellor in a Nazi uniform.

Assassination: In June 1914 the heir-apparent of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated along with his wife in the Bosnian capital SarajevoAssassination: In June 1914 the heir-apparent of the  Austrian-Hungarian empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated along with his wife  in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo (pictured moments before the attack), setting in  motion the political and military alliances which dragged Europe into the  greatest war ever seen
Over the top: By the end of the war, three empires had vanished and ten million soldiers were dead, the continent ruined and exhausted with the way clear for the Nazis to come to power in GermanyOver the top: By the end of the war, three empires had  vanished and ten million soldiers were dead, the continent ruined and exhausted  with the way clear for the Nazis to come to power in Germany

‘Sentiments suddenly surfaced that we thought  had been finally relegated to the past. The Italian election was also  excessively anti-German and thus un-European.

‘Anyone who believes that the eternal issue  of war and peace in Europe has been permanently laid to rest could be making a  monumental error.’

In an interview with Germany’s Spiegel  Magazine he said the continent wasn’t yet manning the barricades, but added; ‘I  see obvious parallels with regard to people’s complacency. In 1913, many people  believed that they would never again be a war in Europe.

Anti-German sentiment: Juncker said he was deeply upset by the way German politicians 'lashed out' at Greece as it went brokeAnti-German sentiment: Juncker said he was shocked to  see Greek protesters dressed as Nazis during anti-austerity demonstrations last  year

‘The great powers of the Continent were  economically so strongly intermeshed that there was the widespread opinion that  they could simply no longer afford to engage in military conflicts.

‘Primarily in Western and Northern Europe,  there was a complete sense of complacency based on the assumption that peace had  been secured forever.’

He said only a united Europe was a safe and  strong Europe. ‘A united Europe is our Continent’s only chance to avoid falling  off the world’s radar,’ he added. ‘The heads of government of Germany, France  and the United Kingdom also know that their voice is only heard internationally  because they speak through the megaphone of the European Union.’

Mr Juncker, who will campaign again next year  to be the leader of his country once more, said he is backing Germany’s  conservative chancellor Angela Merkel in her bid for a third term of office in  the general election in the autumn.

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  1. Nazism is spreading worldwide. It is partly for the reason that people have become complacent, but I think the strong and underlying issue here is a deep lack of education about WW2. People just want to keep it in the past and forget all about it but it’s important that we educate ourselves and continue to remember the past so that we don’t allow history to repeat itself.

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