RED EUROPA EU - "The Soviet Union of the West"

PT       2001-06-18 
When Umberto Bossi, the leader of Italy's Northern League - now "Minister of devolution" in the newly-installed government of Silvio Berlusconi - described the European Union (EU) as "the Soviet Union of the West," Europe's elites went ballistic: Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel spluttered that Bossi and some of Berlusconi's other coalition partners "spout values which have no place in the new Europe." Ah, but what values do have a place in it?