June 19, 2008
The Financial Times first leader of 19 June hits the nail on the head. “It is time the EU leaders went out and sold their success story to their voters.”
Voters will not appreciate the importance of the EU to them unless their leaders explain the importance of the Union and its relevance to their everyday lives. Unfortunately, they are prone to presenting Brussels negotiations as a zero sum game, indeed a ‘them and us’ battle, rather than admitting that they are the central part of the decision-making process.
Maybe at the root of their reluctance is an unwillingness to admit that their room for manoeuvre at national level in economic and social policies is severely circumscribed.Author : Stanley Crossick