During a recent debate in Rome, Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, signaled 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.
According to Mr Junker, “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 the European Project of a United States of Europe – an obstacle which should be removed if possible.
Given that one of the key arguments being made by the Leave Campaign is that the EU seeks to undermine national sovereignty and democracy by its very nature, the Remain Campaign will be relieved that such remarks have not received more coverage on these shores.