I've always maintained that the best argument against the EU is the attitude of its supporters; that's certainly reflected in their quotes. The real clangers end up on the 'Quote of the Day' section of this website. For a secretive and unelected organisation, the Commissioners sure like to run their mouths a lot on sensitive topics, such as the destruction of the nation state, the mental deficiency of their detractors, and the inherent faults in the euro. And now, having stumbled across an EU-related blog with even less views than my own, I think I've unearthed another one.
This particular slip-up comes from Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In her blog on the European Commission's website, she writes that 'it is striking to see how nowadays that all decisions that matter are discussed - and often taken - in the Brussels arena.' And, more importantly, that 'this was not imaginable...even before the economic crisis.' It boasts just over four hundred views and one comment that is longer than the blog entry, so it's no wonder that the anti-federalists don't seem to have heard of it.
I just thought it was worth mentioning, seeing as she actually tells us when the European Union acquired this power. I'm going to assume that as the rest of the quote (omitted from that version, but available here) was talking about Greece, then the 'financial crisis' she refers to is, in fact, the Greek one. It seems logical. The Greek financial crisis started in early 2010. The EU has had this power for less than two years. Now, it's entirely possible that they acquired it without any public discussion, of course, as they did the other day when they took over Britain's economic sovereignty. But the avid Eurosceptic - and, indeed, the fanatical Europhile, will be aware that the end of 2009 was when the Lisbon Treaty came into force.
Coincidence? I think not.