Consider four instances. Environmental issues: increase control over member countries; advance the idea of global governance Terrorism: use excuse for greater control over police and judicial issues; increase extent of surveillance Global financial crisis: kill two birds (free market; Anglo-Saxon economies) with one stone (Europe-wide regulator; global financial governance) European Monetary Union: create a crisis to force introduction of ‘European economic government’ What do you think? Paranoid? Accurate? Prescient?