And the EU now has something like 140 missions/embassies around the world. This is in addition to all the embassies maintained by each of the 27 member countries !! Just what are they doing that is not being done by nation states? I might be missing something here but why does an international entity (not a country!) need this level of international presence? The costs associated with all this is obscene and of no value - unless you believe the EU has superseded the EU nations that it seeks to represent. So Remainers, justify this extension of foreign policy. Is the EU the East India company in disguise? A new Bonaparte empire in the making? For all those who despise the commonwealth and British history you need to take a closer look what the EU is becoming !
Just when will people wake up to the realisation that the EU isn't a force for good?
Interestingly Russia recently kicked out diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany without telling the head of EU Foreign policy who happened to be in Moscow for a visit. The EU have now got their knickers in a twist, with the French demanding there must be some sort of "response" as no doubt the collective pride of the EU Commission has been hurt by the Russians not treating the EU as a sovereign state (which of course it isn't). This goes to the heart of Russia dealing with individual countries as sovereign entities - but with the EU as an organisation, which it is. The EU response will tell a lot about where it sees itself in the hierarchy of nation states.