Jean-Claude Juncker’s insolent public reaction to the US election shows that he thinks the world is wrong, not him.
“We will need to teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works,” said Junker, “two years will be wasted while he tours a world he doesn’t know”.
This is patronising, stupid talk from a paid official of a continent which depends for its defence on America.
Like the Bourbons, Eurocrats can’t accept that times change and that those who would survive find new ways to do things.
That vox populi may be wiser than them, doesn’t occur to a neo-Bourbon. When confronted by the forces of democracy his reaction is to resist them.
The Eurocrats will probably carry on applying the narrow rules of their Euroworld until the whole thing falls apart.
This is how bureaucrats are.
Unfortunately when the EU was set up they didn’t put in a mechanism whereby men and women of stature could get the top jobs.
Instead we get petty officials wielding power – a fatal combination – hoisting Europe on a petard of third-raters.
A la guillotine.