In a withering assessment of the EU’s foreign policy aims Franklin Dehousse accused the bloc of having “no vision” and predicted it will not be taken seriously by other superpowers.
The respected former ECJ judge made the remarks as foreign ministers met in Brussels today to discuss the club’s so-called Global Strategy, which aims to turn it into an international heavyweight.
Eurocrats have long looked on with envy at the power wielded by the US across the globe and what to amalgamate member states’ foreign policy and create their own army in a bid to rival Washington.
The Global Strategy focuses on boosting the EU’s ‘soft power’ through increased aid spending and pooling diplomatic resources, but also wants to hand the bloc ‘hard power’ for the first time.
That would mean Brussels getting its hands on its own armed forces, provided by the member states, which it could use to intervene in other countries around the world.
The strategy is being driven forward by foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, who has repeatedly called for the EU to establish itself as a “global player”.
Announcing the Global Strategy in September last year, she said: “No one of our Member States can exercise sovereignty effectively in the global world of today alone. While we can, if we want, if we act, together.
“We have a lot to change, we have to make Europe an even stronger regional and global player and this is in the interest of our citizens and also in the interest of the rest of the world.”
But that ambition was today panned by Mr Dehousse, a Belgian national and respected EU commentator, who said the bloc has neither the vision nor the backbone to carry it out.
In a brutal assessment, he tweeted: “The EU will not be a global leader, because there is simply no vision of what it requires (and associated backbone).”
He was commenting on an opinion piece in the Financial Times laying out three potential steps the EU could take to “show…