June 4, 2008
Jean Monnet in 1954 said: “our countries are too small for today’s world, particularly compared to Russia and America today and China and India tomorrow.”
Half a century later, this truth is obvious, and yet, the EU 27 still cannot get its foreign policy act together.
My colleague Max Kohnstamm, the last survivor of the nine Founding Fathers, puts it more starkly: “The EU consists of two groups of countries: those who know that they are small and those that do not know.”
As I have said on previous occasions, the egotism of Member State leaders stands in the way of the Union speaking with one voice. Paradoxically, the EU citizens in opinion polls want this to happen.
Hopefully, the new treaty will give impetus to this and will encourage public opinion to make itself heard.Author : Stanley Crossick