By associating with one another, we can take matters onto our own hands. Association creates institutions for controlling, limiting, and dampening the chain reaction of errors. To aid in the clarification of European questions, a European Academy could be established to examine one-sided commitments in manifold issues, and to publish independent opinions on complex questions.

The only power this Academy would possess is its truth, and the reputation that stems from it. It would have no other goal than to give the authorities food for thought. There is a need for an independent, transnational authority which, though it has no power for practical implementation of its views, nonetheless is capable of influencing or swaying the decisionmakers by its convincing argumentation.

-“The Virtues of Imperialism”