“Pro-European” centrists such as Macron increasingly think of international politics in terms of a Huntingtonian “clash of civilisations” – but whereas Samuel Huntington saw the west as one civilisation that would find itself in conflict with China and Islam in the post-cold war period, they see Europe as a civilisation that is distinct from, and which must also assert itself against, the United States.
This has always been true. Vied such nonsenses as Quaero, a European rival to Google, because there must be a European rival, see?
When Macron became French president in 2017, he spoke of a Europe qui protège – “that protects”. This was initially, above all, about protecting citizens from the market;
Given that it’s the market that makes the citizenry rich why in buggery would you want to do that?
Economic stupidity piled upon top.