The French are Coming, and not by Sea
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  • DaveZ

    Hello Dubai!

  • Eurydice

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the Franco-German alliance once France starts looking for a bailout.

  • Richard F. Miller

    For the British, EU membership is something like the famed Roach Motel of old: they get in but they can’t get out. The EU was sold to the British public as a “What could possibly go wrong?” measure.

    I’ll let British subjects answer that question, but the recent vote by the Commons, refusing to place on a ballot the question of continuing EU membership, suggests one possible answer.

    British elites, like their continental counterparts, seem wedded to this arrangement, and no amount of self-immolation will persuade them otherwise.

  • dearieme

    We must leave the EU. Simples. It might be wise to bring our troops home from Germany first. Best to avoid hostages to fortune, or unfortunate misunderstandings, I think.

  • Neville

    This is surely a replay of precisely the same strategic issues faced by the UK in relation to the European continent for many centuries, and an endorsement of what was previously always Britain’s core policy: prevent any sort of united government emerging in Europe by striving to maintain a ‘balance of power’.

    As soon as a coalition is able to dominate Europe, the UK’s only choice is ‘out’ or ‘in’. If it’s ‘out’ then Britain faces through trade and regulatory barriers effectively the same sort of ‘Continental blockade’ as was imposed by Napoleon (to which its only response was a long and hard-fought all-out war). If it’s ‘in’ then the UK gets to be informed what economic activities it can engage in, and has to put up with being told ‘nice banking industry you have there, we’ll be taking that with us to Frankfurt and Paris’.

  • Toni

    “continental Europe wants to call the shots”

    The sentence could have ended there. The EU’s technocratic elites have been bent on Euro-domination since the start of the project. Just like Progressives on this side of the pond, their answer to failures of government is more government. If they’re granted more power over citizens and their institutions, they always claim, they will apply their technocratic solutions and fix this problem.

    The next problem–unforeseen, of course, by the technocratic elites–becomes their next excuse to argue for more power over citizens and their institutions.

    I’m thankful this side of the pond has a strong contingent of citizens and principled politicians who stand for smaller government and more freedom. Someday Prof. Mead may even notice that the historic Republican Party has a valuable and virtuous core.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    The forces tearing the EU apart are far stronger than those holding it together. I am reminded of cartels like OPEC, they work fine when times are good, but the moment things get tough they all start cheating. The Brits aren’t idiots, they know the French and Germans and all the rest are going to try to cheat them.

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