Euroscepticism leads to war and a rising tide of nationalism is the European Union’s “biggest enemy”, Herman Van Rompuy, the president of Europe has told a Berlin audience.
Bruno Waterfield - 10 Nov 2010
Mr Van Rompuy linked hostility to the EU, and the idea that countries could leave the Union, to a revival of aggressive nationalism.
“We have together to fight the danger of a new Euroscepticism. This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries,” he said. “In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie.”
The controversial comments made on Tuesday come less than a fortnight after David Cameron, the Prime Minister, declared that he was a Eurosceptic after his gruelling Brussels summit battle to block a sharp increase in the EU budget at a time of national austerity.