Published in the Financial Times, 29 September 2007
Sir, I am puzzled by the assumption that has recently surfaced in your columns that the possible dissolution of Belgium might be an embarrassment or a reverse for the European Union.
On the contrary. “Put not your trust in nation states” is the founding philosophy of the EU.
The disappearance of Belgium, the UK or Spain might (or might not) cause problems for Belgians, Britons or Spaniards. It would reinforce rather than undermine the political and intellectual rationale of the EU.
Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust, London SE11 5EE
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