The EU in broad brush-strokes

Detractors of the EU portray it as a monstrous, regulatory behemoth intent on crushing all national identity –  a super-state ready to stifle all opposition, a profligate big-spender of hard earned tax-payers money and an unnecessary distraction from national politics.

But is it?

This blog has been termed EU Perspectives precisely because it seeks to zoom the reader out of the world of micro-national comment, to a macro plat-form where the lens scans the wide horizon and informs the reader of the bigger picture.

To fully understand the why, the wherefore and the how it is worth setting-out, albeit in broad brush-strokes, the raison d’être of the EU what its objectives are, what it is that really makes it tick.

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