"We have together to fight the danger of a new Euroscepticism. This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries," he said. "In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie."
Erm, what about Switzerland? Or Norway?
"Norway and Switzerland seem to be scraping by somehow, with higher living standards than anyone else in the EU. Neither seem to have been involved in a war in recent years,"
So, what we have here is the CEO of Europe telling us that Eurosceptics are liars. Sounds like the rhetoric of Furhers past and present, does it not? Rompuy's contempt for the assertion of nationalism and control of our own affairs would be merely risible, if it were not for the fact that we are being taken to the cleaners over sovereignty, over taxation and identity, by the EU. I don't think it is risible. It is sinister.
Elswhere in Euroland, the Finns are getting nervous about a bailout of the Irish Finances from EU coffers.
"The government will be politically dead if we accept something that is unacceptable to the average Finn. There is no way of explaining it to the average Finn that we are paying all this money but don't know when it's coming back." (Reuters)I love the honesty and pragmatism of that remark. Clearly, the Finnish version of Democracy still means somethng.
And I long for a sauna, somewhere in the wonderful lakes and Forests.