Source: Jochen Bittner, Zeit online, May 12
Why did the British tip the first domino? Because, in a word, they no longer believed in the added value that a hyper-complex federation of states can offer to a self-assured nation state. And because they felt that the EU has been ignoring their criticism of its deficits in terms of efficiency and goals for the past forty years….
The truth is that you can’t have democracy, harmony and efficiency all at the same time. You can’t pass majority resolutions with 28 governments in Brussels without curtailing the national parliaments’ right of co-determination….
Anyone who wants an efficient EU that can speak with a single voice in the global debate must to a certain extent be willing to forego traditional nation-state democracy. But the question of whether Europeans are ready to do that has never been put to them. It has been concealed. This lack of a basic consensus is what is now causing the EU to falter.