EU will continue to grow despite Brexit

Nick Inman says populist arguments of impending EU implosion are not supported by the facts. In fact, it is likely to grow after President Macron suggested France may be willing to lift its opposition to the applications of Albania and North Macedonia

A committee ceases to do useful work when it passes 20 members.

At least, that is the theory put forward by distinguished British historian C Northcote Parkinson in a semi-serious essay on government.

It is not hard to imagine what he would have made of the European Commission, on which 28 nations are represented.

Critics say its size makes it unworkable.

The original six members may have been able to act in unison, but the point at which efficient discussion and decision-making was possible has long since passed, they say.

Yet the EU is determined to grow.

The more nations, the larger the internal market for goods and services; economic output can be scaled up to better compete with the US and China.

On an individual level, everyone benefits: citizens enjoy greater freedom to live, work and shop. This raises a number of questions that crop up in elections across Europe.

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