Wednesday 22 November 2017

Bureaucratic Brussels has to learn from Brexit experience and deliver overdue reforms

'The EU has become increasingly remote over the past two decades. Ordinary people’s indifference has been increasingly tinged with antipathy and even outright hostility.' Photo: Bloomberg
'The EU has become increasingly remote over the past two decades. Ordinary people’s indifference has been increasingly tinged with antipathy and even outright hostility.' Photo: Bloomberg
John Downing

John Downing

Britain were not just the ones shouting loudest. They were not the only ones who felt and continue to feel that the European Union was losing its grip.

The shortcomings in dealing first with the 2008 banking and financial collapse, and more recently, the poor and diffuse response to the refugee crisis, showed that the EU was not speaking to the realities of the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.

A rising generation does not especially appreciate what things were like in the immediate aftermath of World War II when food shortages compounded everybody's dismay at the horrors of what had happened for a second time in half a century.

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