EU’s two-faced ‘values’

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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
  • Politico

At a time when the European Union is threatened from within and without, the idea is particularly tempting.

European flags floating in front of the European Parliament Headquarters in Strasbourg

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…

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