The EU is now so close to the total fulfillment of its aims that it cannot & will not allow any setback to interfere….
A goal can be close and beyond reach. The European Superstate Goal remains beyond reach whilst the €uro remains a basket case. Meanwhile EU credibility is slipping away and unless the € is sorted will pass a critical point leading to disintegration as various member states run for cover. I don't know if this will happen but it will be a close run thing
. I was going to attribute that phrase to the Duke of Wellington, but on consulting wiki I discovered that what he really said was "..the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. ... "
which has more of a ring to it.
I saw another quote of Wellington's "..The history of a battle, is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance. .."
We are living through a battle now (it's definitely not a ball)
the outcome of which is finely balanced. little things are now significant.