William Pfaff writes about the EU, saying ironically that what the EU really wants is a new electorate.
Europe’s leaders have reacted to the European Union’s current crisis in a wonderfully Brechtian manner. As the German Communist poet sardonically put it, after the East German workers’ revolt against the Communist authorities in June 1953, the times required electing not a new government but a new people.
The EU wants a new electorate. Luxembourg’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, current president of the EU, said he couldn’t really believe that the French and Dutch had rejected the constitution, since “we all believe that the constitutional treaty gives the right answers to the questions Europeans are asking.”
They just don’t listen do they?