Second, that such wholly independent states can still effectively defend the interests of their people, even in an interdependent world increasingly dominated by non-European powers. Both claims fly in the face of evidence from past and present.
My evidence for disputing the second claim is the emerging world of the 21st century, in which Europe\’s relative power has diminished, is diminishing and will continue to diminish. Faced with old and new superpowers, we Europeans must hang together or we\’ll hang separately. Take the Eurosceptic path, and the Chinese will be laughing all the way to the bank (which, by then, they\’ll probably own anyway).
If we are talking about military then we cannot defend our own interests anyway. The US is the military hegemon and has been for 30 years now. So that part of it doesn\’t matter.
In economic terms, you\’re infected with this very strage idea that other people becoming rich is somehow to our disadvantage. In reality, nothing could be further from hte truth. We are not in an economic \”war\”. Trade\’n\’all that is about voluntary exchange: it doesn\’t matter about who is richer, who is more powerful, it still takes place if it is mutually beneficial and doesn\’t if it isn\’t.
Whether Europe has the EU or not makes absolutely no damn difference at all to any change in relative wealth.