Joao Vale de Almeida was this week formally installed as the EU's ambassador to the US, and suggested that American officials should regard him as their first point of contact for transatlantic discussions.
He is the first EU ambassador to be appointed after the controversial Lisbon Treaty gave the EU sweeping new powers.
The new ambassador claimed to now be "leading the show" among European representatives in Washington.
How to make this clear to Ambassador Vale de Almeida? The member nations are actually, you know, nations. With real governments, which exercise real powers, which power was (mostly) granted to them by the people in (mostly) free and fair elections.
As opposed to the EU, which has ignored multiple "No" vote referenda, and whose power resides in an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy. Get those fixed, and maybe we'll talk.
What's that? "Unelected" and "Unaccountable" are the point? Thanks, we'll call the member nations.