Plus ça change, plus ç'est la meme chose?

BBC Europe editor Mark Mardell muses over the similarities between the power structures of the European Union and those of an emerging feudal state.

Recently, the Old Grand Dukes of the original heartlands have become rather dismayed that the barons of the marches, the new borderlands, are insistent on having their say and even, with great impertinence, challenging some of the comforting, founding principles of the Kingdom.