Thursday 26 April 2018

Changing tune on European superstate

Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In last week's column, I mentioned the erosion of the nation state in the face of ever increasing EU meddling.

I also pointed out that I am not a nationalist - a phrase which comes with plenty of its own surplus baggage in this country - because nationalism has an unfortunate historical tendency to mutate into ugly them-and-us rhetoric. But either we believe in the concept of the nation state or we don't.

So, on the eve of the French election I surmised that: "Removing the concept of nation states will lead to a rootless, amorphous mess where we're supposed to stand for the EU anthem and salute the EU flag."

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