A wretched hive of scum and villany

From the latest issue of E!sharp:

‘…”it will be relatively easy for European leaders to get to know the key players of the Obama cabinet and how they operate. Many of them are familiar faces. But the new Washington will continue to be befuddled by the web of national, regional and continental interests that is the Heath Robinson contraption of the EU. As a close foreign policy adviser to Obama put it to me a few months ago: “We like Europe a whole lot more than the Bush crowd. But to be honest when we look at the 25 members…it is 25, isn’t it? [27, actually]…we feel as if we have just been asked to buy a round of drinks in the Star Wars bar.”