Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot
Saturday, 8 September 2007
The European Commission exposed
Whilst I classify myself as generally a Europhile I am in no way blind to the many flaws in the way the European Union functions, nor the way in which the nomenklatura (permanent officials) seek to grasp further powers to themselves. Of late I have been reading the blog of a libertarian from Belgium (yes, truly) and his latest offering Life of a European Mandarin makes truly fascinating, but not surprising, reading. Derk-Jan Eppink, a former Dutch official in the European Commission, has written about his experiences there - in the extracts quoted, his opinions on the negotiating tactics of various member countries are given, but curously there are no comments about the British; perhaps we really are of no account, or just too 'maverick'. Luckily Vincent De Roeck, the author of Libertarian.be, writes many of his posts in English (and I don't understand Flemish/Dutch), even if almost all the comments (sigh) are in Flemish.