The idea of the EU was fantastically utopian: knitting together interdependently, politically, and perhaps more importantly economically, a group of former enemies and dangling the most important incentive — profit — to bring them to the table.
Instead of battling for marginal advantage with each tiny Euro-nations — and a few big ones: Germany, Italy, Spain and France — one deal with the EU floats all boats, on both sides of the ocean.
in 2016, the Russians — who are cut out of the EU and all its benefits — have decided to play cyber-insanity with election news, interfere with political parties, and generally gum up the works in favor of particularly vile anti-EU forces.
The idea that we confront not “one Europe,” but a multiplicity of tiny, sealed, often xenophobic, walled-in states is at the heart of this one, too.
The idea that a vicious anti-Semite like Le Pen could rise to the top of the French democracy should be more than any of us can bear.