The EU and Boys
But then I got in the mail The New York Review of Books, which came to me “free” (a word I rarely gloss over) and opened up to page 26, and started to read William Pfaff's analysis on the EU’s catastrophic referendums (July 15, 2005 issue). What Pfaff says boils down to what he believes is a naïve underestimation of the brewing nationalism in Europe. He says: "The rejection surely demonstrated the current gap of comprehension between European elites and the European public, but was mainly evidence of the underestimated forces of national identity and ambition in each of the twenty-five nations."
But then he says: "Large parts of the EU populations in the 'old' countries of the Union--France, Germany, and the Netherlands among them--are uncomfortable with the expansion to twenty-five counties. They are apprehensive about bringing into the EU Romania and Bulgaria . . . There is even greater reluctance to extend the EU to non-European Muslim countries in Asia Minor and the southern Mediterranean. Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, a new Iraq, and eventually Israel had all been thought by some to be logical future members. Including them would, it was hoped, soften the 'clash' of Islamic and Western civilizations."
I suspect that my indifference to EU matters is in itself naïve and spawned by what appears to be an impossible maze of issues foreign to my experience. As it turns out, boys will be boys, power power, turf fights turf fights, etc.