Against Multipolarity

After some pretty predictable rhetoric on the importance of the EU, stopping climate change, and managing globalization responsibly (I’m a partisan of the “manage globalization irresponsibly” faction), Barroso drops a very interesting section about the evils of multipolarity. He has no interest in realpolitik and balance of power, be it between France, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, and Britain or between the US, the EU, China, Russia, and India. He draws direct parallels between the pre-WWI international order and a future defined by the presence of several major powers that people like Parag Khanna back. I agree, obviously, but it’s encouraging to hear the head of the European Commission say it.

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