The European nations are some of the oldest and most developed in the world. But does that make them more legitimate than the Union? What is the role of the nation state in modern Europe, and why is it so important?
Nationalism, whilst generally steered clear of in most countries, is utterly shunned from the political scene in places like Germany and Spain, for historical reasons. France and Britain however, were never subject to denazification and the lasting impression that nationalism must be avoided in politics. In this discussion, I argue why nationalism must be avoided at all costs by democracies, and why nationalist rhetoric can only be a destructive force.