The EU retreated from the ideas of free trade, free markets, and competition and turned its attention, resources and intentions towards developing a bureaucratic, regulatory, planning economy approach.
The Secretary of Defense acts as an indispensable liaison between parties, business, and the state. The job is guarded by a special class of loyalists, usually extremely bright individuals chosen by the state's elites.
The true aim of these “scholar activists,” as many academics have begun calling themselves, is to propagate socialism by redefining capitalism to encompass every evil of human history. Which means they're mostly attacking straw men.