European government still can’t understand why it’s not loved and why its constitution was rejected.
I listened to José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president on Thursday and even managed to ask him a direct question about red-tape and productivity and yet the commission is hell-bent on enlargement while conceding that the absorption of new member states, namely Rumania and Bulgaria, may not meet the more optimistic expectations. I was surprised to hear that Spain has already issued 800,000 permits already to transient migrants – mainly from Africa - and yet it’s starting to suffocate under a tide it can no longer control.
My own view is that Europe may yet collapse under the weight of its own institutions and while I spent three days on a fascinating project that was attempting to create the policy and predict the Europe of 2020, my own strap line might be “Inventing the future, caught in the past”.
Is it possible, I wonder, to run a continent by committee, because the results will always be a compromise, much like the common agricultural policy, that costs billions and is locked into its own very special form of opaque bureaucracy?
But what does Europe really mean to those of you reading this? I’m not certain even of what it means to me but I given the worrying predictions I heard last week, involving water, climate, crime and immigration by 2020, perhaps we should all move closer to Australia instead?