Saturday, December 29, 2012
Delors Invites Brits to Leave the EU
"Europe--love it or leave it" is the advice of Jacques Delors, one of Europe's Founding Fathers, to the UK. Delors, who seems always to have known that the euro project was doomed without tighter European integration, has come to see the UK as the primary obstacle to such integration and therefore to the survival of his life's work. But it's a dangerous strategy to suggest that any member state, let alone one as important as the UK, choose a strategy of exit as opposed to voice or loyalty (to invoke the memory of the late Albert Hirschman). Delors's spleen is showing, but so is his age. The younger Delors would have put up a fight, I think, rather than thrown in the towel, no matter how exasperating Albion's latest provocations.