In a call to counter the rise of anti-EU parties, Brendan Simms, professor of the history of international relations at Cambridge University, told Channel 4 News: “Euroscepticism is a huge threat, not so much because people are cautious about the ability of Europe to deliver – a concern which I share – but because they seem to be turning their backs on our common destiny altogether.
“Opinion polls suggest that most people don’t want to give up the euro, or to simply acquiesce in Mr Putin’s aggression in the east. At the same time, they don’t seem to will the means to solve the euro crisis or to defend Europe’s eastern border.
“Whether it is possible will depend on how bad things get. A euro blow-out or a Russian attack on the Baltic states would create much greater pressure for a federal solution. Only a single state can create the eurobond and the common military necessary to master the internal and external challenges.”
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