h/t Andrew Stuttaford in Poland, The EU & Myth
(T)he idea that a sclerotic, chaotic federation foisted on unwilling nations by a small technocratic elite saturated in the pieties of supranationalism could act as a bulwark against a more adventurous Russia or, for that matter, the Islamist challenge is nonsense, Maginot thinking of the most delusional sort.
And again later, responding to Poland’s foreign minister when he stated “I’m surprised because the education I received in Britain was about pragmatism; about basing decisions on reality, not romantic myths…”
Well, we could debate what the EU really is about for a long time, but, if nothing else, it is based on the idea that you can abolish history, nationality and the laws of economics. That’s a myth. Whether it is romantic is a matter of opinion.