By Timon Dias
At its core, what is the EU? And why, despite its vast resources, does it seem perpetually unable to make sense of the world and meet its objectives? The two answers lie hidden in the EU's very DNA.
First, there's the EU's primary internal contradiction: EU federalism is an ideology that propagates post-ideologism; a culturally amorphous post-ideological world.
A cosmopolitan easy going agnostic world, in which the single market and currency have made nationalism obsolete. Indeed, a world where the European Parliament invites a long haired bearded shemale to perform in front of its building and announces him/her as "The voice of Europe" singing for equality, without anyone batting an eye.
The EU's core problem, however, is that in its way of viewing and engaging the world beyond Brussels' boundaries, it is acting as if the world has already arrived at this so badly coveted post-cultural/ideological end station.