Does it mean 'foreign treasures that Goethe himself created(wrote)', that is, his literature, or 'foreign treasures that he mentioned'?
Many European citizens feel that their national culture is threatened by moves towards economic and political unification. Some cultural communities in Europe, however, welcome this trend since their particular identities have not always been respected by nation-states. We are exhorted to preserve the variety of cultures in Europe, whilst at the same time urged to recognize commonalities, collaborate, integrate and unify for the common good. Is this a paradox? Can we preserve our identification with local, regional or national cultures whilst still embracing European integration? The idea of any local, regional or national culture as an isolated, unassailable entity is simply untenable today in a continent with such excellent communications. Also, historically, no region can claim cultural or ethnic ‘purity’. All European cultures have been ready to take on Goethe’s ‘foreign treasures’, to adapt and refine them before passing them on again.