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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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the right hon. Gentleman has not dealt with the Hungarian
frontier. Many people are asking why we are to guarantee a
frontier vis-a-vis Hungary in the determination of which we
and the French are excluded."
THE PRIME MINISTER : " In speaking of a guaranteed
frontier the right hon. Gentleman is mistaken. We never
guaranteed the frontiers as they existed. What we did was to
guarantee against unprovoked aggression—quite a different
thing. That did not mean that we gave our seal to the existence
of frontiers as they were then or at any other time. Our
guarantee was against unprovoked aggression and not the
crystallisation of frontiers. The right hon. Gentleman
alternates between violent indignation and insuppressible
amusement, but I do not think that my answer could give
rise to. either of those expressions.
" I was dealing with the economic consequences of Dr.
Funk's activities. Again, I am sorry that the right hon. Gentle-
man thought it necessary to suggest that the activities of Dr.
Funk, who is the Minister concerned with economic questions,
should be concealing some political motive. It is this attitude
of constant suspicion—nothing can be done by anybody but
what somebody or other finds concealed in it something
sinister or evil—which is very largely the cause of the want of
confidence existing in Europe to-day. What, taking an
economic view, is the position of Germany in relation to the
States of Central and South-Eastern Europe ? Geographically,
she must occupy a dominating position there. She does now.
As a matter of fact, in so far as those States are agricultural in
character, the nature of the trade between them and Germany
is complementary. They can supply Germany with raw
materials and foodstuffs in return for articles of manufacture
which Germany is so well fitted to supply, but I do not see
any reason why we should expect that a fiindamental change
is likely to take place in those regions. So far as Czecho-
slovakia is concerned, the industries in the ceded regions were
industries mainly exporting in character, and they suffered a
good deal in competition from Germany. It is quite true
that she has ceded also valuable supplies of raw materials^
such as coal, lignite, and timber, but so long as she is able to
import those raw materials, there is no reason, so far as I can