Does it really make sense to talk about ‘European values’?
Proponents of the European project like to talk about a core set of “European values” for which it stands.
- Hans Kundnani
At a time when the European Union is threatened from within and without, the idea is particularly tempting.
It lifts the EU from an entity that simply pursues its own interests — like any other state or group of states — and makes it a “normative power” that can credibly be said to be making the world a better place.
It does not seem to even occur to people who talk about “European values” that the…