One past of the mystery, however, is solved by Polly Toynbee in the loss-making Guardian. There, she refers to the 1963 "Elysée treaty that founded the EU and celebrated an end to a century of three Franco-German wars".
There is something of a cottage industry in fisking Polly but, to my mind, life is too short. The only thing to do with such a profound level of ignorance is to ignore it. Witterings from Witneyis right. These people have nothing to offer.