Hallmarks of an EU power play

Europe's crisis is not an economic experiment gone horribly wrong, but the predictable result of a long power play where economics have always taken the back seat.

To the many explanations of the great European crisis, US political scientist Francis Fukuyama has just added another one. In a speech at the University of Geneva, now republished in The American Interest, he made a number of observations: that the EU was an elite-driven project; that there had never been much grassroots support for a European superstate; and that national identities remained stronger than pan-European idealism.

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