[Ed. – This sort of sentiment doesn’t just grow up overnight, and isn’t about Trump. It wasn’t caused by Obama either. It’s been growing for years, and is the natural product of a supranationalist vision. Note carefully the primary organizational manifestation envisioned for it: an army.]
France’s finance minister has called for the EU to become a powerful new “empire” to rival the US and China in an interview which will infuriate Donald Trump. …
[Bruno] Le Maire[‘s] controversial calls for a new superstate came as he backed Emnanuel Macron’s call for a “real European army”.
And he suggested Brussels should go one even further and establish itself as an “empire”.
“It’s about Europe having to become a kind of Empire, as China is. And how the US is,” the French finance minister told the German newspaper Handelsblatt.
After being quizzed by the newspaper on his comments, he added: “Do not get me wrong, I’m talking about a peaceful empire that’s a constitutional state.