Europe’s ideological civil war laid bare in Davos


Telegraph/Ambrose Evans-Pritchard/01-19-17

Europe’s leaders lashed out at each other in Davos in an inflamed dispute over how to stop the EU collapsing, laying bare the festering divisions that will plague the European project long after British withdrawal.

“The whole idea of an ever-closer Europe has gone, it’s buried,” said Dutch premier Mark Rutte, dismissing calls for full political union as a dangerous romantic fantasy.

“The fastest way to dismantle the EU is to continue talking about a step-by-step move towards some sort of superstate,” he said at the World Economic Forum.

PG View: The elections this year in France and Germany, as well as a likely election in Italy, may push the EU further along the path to dissolution.

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