To many in the 27-nation bloc, the EU is an unwieldy
and unloved agglomeration overseen by a top-heavy bureaucracy devoted to
creating arcane regulations about everything from cheese to fishing
quotas. Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II,
the EU now appears to critics as impotent amid a debt crisis that has
widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged
several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
The vocal anti-EU politicians known as euroskeptics burst into a chorus of disdain Friday.