The recent furore over the EU's handling of the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine is more than a passing headline, according to Peter Franklin in this week's Unherd. It reveals something fundamental about the very character of the European Union and the political mindset which lies behind it.
The EU is big. It has clout. For a certain kind of Eurocrat, there should be no embarrassment about using this strength to get what Europe needs. Consider the speech given by Guy Verhofstadt — not a man shy of showing us who he is — to the 2019 Lib Dem party conference:
“The world of tomorrow is not a world order based on nation states or countries. It is a world order that is based on empires… The world of tomorrow is a world of empires in which we Europeans, and you British, can only defend your interests, your way of life, by doing it together, in a European framework and in the European Union.”
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