During a recent debate in Rome, Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, signalled his frustration with democracy in Europe, where some national leaders have retained the terrible habit of listening to the people they have been elected to represent:
“Too many politicians are listening exclusively to their national opinion. And if you are listening to your national opinion you are not developing what should be a common European sense and a feeling of the need to put together efforts. We have too many part-time Europeans.”
Such sentiments are considered perfectly normal in the EU, where the democratic nation state is seen as an obstacle to achieving a United States of Europe.
The British are generally inclined to regard European federalism with suspicion. The Remain Campaign will therefore be relieved that Junker’s remarks have not received more coverage on these shores.