Alan Sked, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, describes how the EU was founded in today’s Daily Telegraph. At the end of his article he is of the opinion that, at the next referendum in 2016 or 2017, the pro-EU campaigners will find it a great deal more difficult to fool the British people into remaining in the EU than in the original referendum in 1973 when they joined: “especially given the obvious difficulties of the Eurozone, the failure of EU migration policy and the lack of any coherent EU security policy.”
No doubt trained in the humanities, like most politicians and civil ervants, and not the human sciences, which has a great deal to say why organisations hold together — or not as the case may be — still hasn’t grasped the main reason why the EU cannot hold together. It is that any stable organisation has to have a single culture, or enough of it to overcome — or to delay — devolution tendencies.
The minimum requirement for a single culture is a single spoken and written language. During the formation of almost all nation-states == though some, like Spain and Italy have never been complete — a single language has been a high priority. This is what the original EU plotters — as Prof Sked describes them — entirely missed out of account. Failures of the EU migration policy and security policy are by-products of the lack of a single language and culture.