A two-speed Europe where the ‘slow’ outrun the ‘fast’

It is the ‘old’ member states, not the ‘new’, who are to blame for the EU’s current problems.

In the annals of silliness about Europe’s history and geography, the op-ed pages of the Financial Times do not normally feature prominently. But the opinion piece it published on 3 November by Jean-Claude Piris, once the top legal counsel to the European Council, mined a deep vein of misapprehension that left people in the ‘new member states’ (as they used to be called when they were indeed new members) grinding their teeth in frustration. Perhaps even more annoying was that most ‘western Europeans’ reading the piece could not see what the fuss what about.

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