European Summit: Union Is the Name of the European Game
Leonard Doyle West Europe Editor, The Independent (London, England)
WHAT'S in a name? As of next Monday, when the Maastricht treaty comes into effect, the European Union will be the name most commonly applied to the strange superpower that used to be called the European Community.
European Union describes well what the political leaders want to achieve, but getting there is proving a lot more difficult. Speaking of the Europeans as far back as 1908, the political thinker Georges Sorel asked: "What can you do with a basket of crabs that keep pinching each other?"
Even today not all are happy with the name change from EC to EU, which implies that the Twelve are all aboard the train which is taking them to ever closer economic integration and political union as it chugs out of the station. But European Union is the name that will be tripping off the tongues of political leaders all over Europe next week, despite British worries about the federalist implications of the name change.
Thanks to opt outs from monetary union, the Social Chapter and other devices designed to keep countries like Britain happy, there is less to the union than meets the eye. The Euro-sceptics can take heart though, from overlooked aspects of the …
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Publication information: Article title: European Summit: Union Is the Name of the European Game. Contributors: Leonard Doyle West Europe Editor - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 3, 1993. Page number: Not available. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.