Stumbling bloc


Sir, – Bobby McDonagh instructs us that the “EU is not a ‘bloc’ – don’t call it one” (Opinion & Analysis, June 14th).

Apparently the offending word has unfortunate Cold War connotations, suggestive of an “inward-looking, insular organisation”.

Naturally, he blames the British media for the descriptor’s popularity.

Someone really ought to tell German chancellor Angela Merkel. Reuters quoted her in May as saying, “If a big bloc like the EU is not in position to create (computer) chips, I am not comfortable about that”.

She may not share Mr McDonagh’s semantical fastidiousness but surely a woman who grew up in East Germany knows something about blocs. The word that makes Mr McDonagh nervous enjoys widespread currency for a simple reason. It fits. – Yours, etc,



Dublin 4.