Self-abnegating Germans obsess about becoming more European than the other Europeans only to make the EU more German than anyone wants it to be.
What makes me chuckle about the Brexiteers is how little they understand the German mindset. Here in Germany, the European Union is a religion. It is ingrained so heavily in the DNA of nearly every German citizen that any reasoned argument to counter its domination, or challenge its direction, is swiftly dismissed. The integrity of the EU – its unity, identity, money and rules – is central to German identity. That’s why they’ve maintained such a tough stance over Brexit.
And there is a clear reason why. As stated here, The EU is Germany writ large.’
The EU is a religion for Germans – no wonder Brexit is going so badly.