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Europe's crisis deepens as intellectual opinion turns, and Italy is where it all ends

Once-silent intellectuals are starting to challenge the core assumption of EU ideology, indicting the project for moral vandalism and a reckless attack on the democratic nation state.

Theorists and professors are proclaiming the virtues of the nation – the precious liberal nation, inspired by the universal and redemptive values of the French and American revolutions – in a way we have hardly heard in recent times.

They defend it as the only real vehicle of democracy known to man.

No empire in history has ever been democratic. And the problem with soft empires is that they remain soft only until they meet resistance.
At that point they must persist with a despotic logic – and we saw flashes of that in the eurozone crisis

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