In comments that seemed a mixture of calls for unity and veiled threats, European President Herman Van Rompuy warned against Euroskepticism, the public criticism of the European Union that is growing across its member nations.
“In every member state there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie,” warned Van Rompuy, adding that the opposition to EU membership could eventually lead to wars across the continent.
The over-arching supranational government in the EU has been claiming growing power in recent years, fueling increasing opposition to continued membership across a number of nations around the union. The crisis in the Euro currency earlier this year also made the case against the union more popular, particularly among nations which abandoned their own comparatively stable currencies in favor of the Euro.
The Lisbon Treaty includes provisions for member nations seeking the secede from the Union, but requires them to negotiate the terms of such a departure with the EU government. It seems that as Euroskepticism grows this clause will be tested sooner or later, but Van Rompuy’s comments suggest it will be far from an amicable departure and will be spun, at best, as a sign of military hostility and dangerous nationalism.