Our Sciforums mandarins seem to have decided that this quote is spurious. It may or may not be. But the current President of the European Commission, Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker, does appear to have a habit of saying similar things. From reading some of the news reports that the Wikiquote thing cites, I think that Juncker has a penchant for irony, that might cause him to be misunderstood at times when quoted out of context. But I do think that his remarks do reflect how the EU leadership thinks and how it operates. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jean-Claude_Juncker "There can be no democratic choice against the European treaties." http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31082656 "We decide on something, leave it lying around and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people don't understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back." http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/artic...Tricks-in-den-langen-Bruesseler-Naechten.html On the 2007 Lisbon Treaty (which was enacted over the people's heads after both France and the Netherlands voted down the EU's proposed new Constitution) - "Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this fact?"