Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

The EU’s Soft Utopia

The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe, by Todd Huizinga (Encounter, 280 pp., $23.99)

This is the best book ever written about the European Union. The author, Todd Huizinga (currently with the Acton Institute), served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer for two decades. After years in Brussels, Luxembourg, and Germany, he knows the EU as few American scholars or statesmen do. He deftly captures the essence of the European Union as a “soft utopia,” a quasi-religious vision of a secular heaven on earth.

At the core of the EU is the belief in supranationalism. The proponents of the EU consciously portray its supranational institutions as a model for “global governance.” In this intended utopia,

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