However, this is not the case in Greece. Or Ireland. Or Portugal. Voters, angry and intolerant of Brussels imposed austerity measures, yet incapable of reaching the shadowy decision makers responsible at the Commission, are kicking their domestic governments instead. Add to this the new-found audacity of EU leaders in openly interfering in the national politics of others; a Merkozy 'shared smirk' sealed the fate of Berlusconi and ousted Papandreou, and warned others. It's not a good time to be a national politician in Europe.
The inevitable exit of Greece from the Eurozone has even spawned a horrid piece of Berlaymontspeak: Grexit. Others may follow. If the UK also maintains its semi-detachedness, we may see the EU start to turn into a close fiscal and political alliance between France, Germany and a host of little nations, with an 'associate membership' of larger nations. Unlikely? Stranger things have happened, and European politics is the pinnacle examplar of the rule of unintended consequences. Interesting times indeed.