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German expert: EU is desperate to save the union, that's why they punish the UK

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Staff Writer | October 8, 2018
The EU elite "lost faith in their own appeal and abilities" following the Brexit referendum vote, which saw the Brussels bubble punish Britain as the only way to stop the EU breaking apart.
Tanit Koch
Europe   The elite leaders in Brussels are desperately terrified
The elite leaders in Brussels are desperately terrified about the European Union breaking apart at any moment, according to a European expert.

The fragility of the EU bloc is behind the punishment tactics of negogiator Michel Barnier and other EU leaders.

Tanit Koch, who previously worked as editor of German magazine Bild, said that the Brexit referendum result stunned the Brussels leadership.

Her comments come less than two weeks before the crunch EU summit this month, which could decide the direction of Brexit.

She told BBC's The World This Weekend: "In the last two years, within Europe, especially within the Brussels bubble, they have lost faith in their own appeals and their own abilities.

"They are desperate for the European Union not to implode or break apart.

"It is not so much about punishing Britain as many in this country suggest.

"It is an honest fear that if a precedent is set, that someone who leaves gets a better deal, others will follow suit."

Koch also revealed the extent of EU dogma among the top rank in the business world across Europe.

She described a recent meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and prominent business leaders on Brexit.

When Mrs Merkel insisted that the sngle market would not be compromised, raising the prospect of a no deal, the business leaders cheered.

She claimed that support of the "EU's holy grail" meant more to the German CEOs than the huge expected hit to their businesses.