The EU’s Stubborn Identity

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I’ve had a thought about last week’s EU appointments bouncing around in my head for the past few days, and finally have a moment to get it onto the blog. One of the more common refrains in criticism of the relative timidity of the appointments has been, “Ten years of haggling for this?” What that overlooks, though, is that, although the Lisbon Treaty is indeed the result of 10 years of haggling over the next phase of European construction, it was already in itself a wildly disappointing outcome for federalist Europhiles dreaming of a United States of Europe. And as […]

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