Hmmmm.... there is , in my opinion and experience, at least a slight difference between what one may term left and right in the UK and left and right in mainland Europe.
France is clearly socialist at present, though even under the right wing of Sarkozy, France was still very much to the left of New Labour in terms of the way the public sector worked, the power of the unions in health, transport etc
My idea of the right is of rolling back the state, reducing taxes but this does not seem to figure in say Germany.
Clearly the "EU" isn't entirely socialist as it is pushing privatization very hard. It is though , a bit like the old USSR in that it is crippled by bureaucracy seemingly as a way of creating employment rather than trying to devolve as much as possible to the nation states. I was in Leningrad in 1975 and believe me, the paralysis by bureaucracy was to die for!!
The EU does not 'devolve' to its member states. The power relationship is the other way around: the EU gets its powers from its member states. That is fairly basic stuff.
And remember what Radek Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland, and self-described as a Thatcherite free-marketeer, said about EU bureaucracy?
"Myth No 4 The UK is drowning in EU bureaucracy.
Fact Yes, 33,000 people work for the European Commission, serving an entire continent. But more than 82,000 people work for HM Revenue & Customs alone. Spain has almost three million bureaucrats. In contrast to any of its members, the EU is a slimmed-down operation."
And about EU "socialism"?
Myth No 6 The European Commission is a hotbed of socialism.
"Fact Whether on Open Skies or business subsidies, the EU has helped to dismantle national monopolies and stopped national politicians subverting competition rules."
To say nothing about the single market; that's a fairly basic "libertarian" idea, surely?
Edited by Methven Hornet, 30 April 2013 - 04:20 AM.