The behaviour of Messrs Macron, Tusk and Juncker at the EU’s Salzburg summit ( September 21) proved to be a case study for students of psychology.

As Michel Kraus of Yale University recently wrote, “power simply brings our true nature out into the open”, which echoed the view of Plato when he argued that power reveals an individual’s true character.

For anyone with the slightest doubt about the nature and use of power within the EU, the Salzburg summit stripped away any pretence of diplomacy and revealed the naked truth — a power-sodden Jean-Claude Juncker, a power-hungry Donald Tusk and the ambition of the future president of Europe, Emmanuel Macron.

Anthony Moody and Alexandre de Lesseps
Hong Kong

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