It is fashionable now to talk of the growing isolation of
There’s a certain irony to this. The
The isolation tag is frequently emphasized by apparatchiks within the EC itself, yet it is amusing to watch EC President Jacques Delors, the great champion of political (as distinct from economic) union. A year ago I heard him speak along with several other high-level European ministers and at least three heads of government at a gathering of business leaders. The others appeared more or less alone and made themselves available to the business leaders in an informal one-on-one way.
Not so with Delors. Surrounded by retainers, aides, advance men, and yes, maybe one interpreter, he upstaged the prime ministers, never mind the others with whom he shared the billing. Needless to say he was too important to condescend to talk to mere chief executives who were kept at arm’s length by the imperial entourage.
It’s interesting to note that Delors’s first visit to
As one reads this issue’s roundtable, forum and other features focusing on the single European market and the developments in Eastern Europe, it is useful to keep in mind that the debate over Europe is really a philosophical one: will power be controlled at the center or will each member cede to Brussels only that which it could not best accomplish by itself?
It is a debate familiar to Americans and evident in the Federalist papers. Kenneth Minogue, director of the Centre for Policy Studies at the
Economics, writes that the quest for unity is not new: “That
When French Prime Minister Rocard derides Thatcher’s skepticism about an overzealous bureaucracy as the advocacy of “a