Friday, 22 August 2014

The EU's Priorities

The European Union, whether we like it or not, is regarded as one of the most important international institutions in the world. Its members have a combined economy bigger than the United States, it is host to two permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and accounts for nearly one billion people.

So, in a time when the Ukraine, on the EU's eastern border, is engaged in a civil war with a secessionist region acting as a proxy for Russia, when the Middle East conflicts are burgeoning out of hand, with conflicts in Israel, Syria and Iraq posing a threat to world security, when many Eurozone countries are sliding back into recession, when the EU itself is in dire need of democratic and systemic reform to shore up its crumbling financial system and end the corruption which mires it, what do you suppose the EU's priorities are?

Limiting the wattage of vacuum cleaner motors.

I despair.