Sometimes, probably on the basis of monkeys, typewriters and Shakespeare, even Guardian columnists pen a plain truth. Almost. Timothy Garton Ash writes today "As the Ukraine expert Andrew Wilson notes, the EU took a baguette to a knife fight. In recent weeks, it has done better. Friday's proposed compromise is a tribute to the personal engagement of the German, Polish and French foreign ministers" What he means of course is that the EU wisely butted out and did just what this blog advised; hid all trace of the fragrant Mrs Ashton, and left the deal to the Quai D'Orsay and the Werderscher Markt, no doubt with US State Department briefings in the background. In other words, effective diplomacy remains something better done by the professionals of our national foreign ministries rather than the unelected dilettante amateurs of the EU. All credit must also be given to Poland - Ukraine's neighbour, across whose borders come Ukraine's largest Euro exports, smuggled cigarettes and prostitutes - a nation one watches with the pride of seeing an awkward teen growing into an accomplished adult.
And if real diplomacy is something best left to the nation states of Europe, what of the unelected Commission's favourite toy, the 'European External Action Service'? With over 3,400 employees, 2,000 of whom work outside of Belgium, and an annual Euro tax-theft of over £420m, what, exactly, is it for?
The answer is simple. It's to bolster the insane hubris of those who like little Luxembourger Viviane Reding fantasize a new European Empire. It's the twenty-first century equivalent of the Schloss Neuschwanstein, a sugar candy show castle with walls you could poke down with a stout stick. The visions of the mad King of Bavaria were never as fantastical as the ambitions of the EU Federasts.
It demonstrated its utter failure in Bosnia. And until Europe's professional foreign ministries stepped in last week to take over, it was leading Europe's nations down a dangerous path. It is potentially far more harmful than any other government or agency in Europe. It must be disbanded and dissolved, and all power returned where it belongs - to the elected governments and foreign ministries of Europe's states.