Europe’s Problems Are Bigger Than The Euro
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I have been saying for some time that both the EU and the Euro were going to fly apart just like the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union did.

  • Defense spending in France has been on the decline since 2011, and we’ll have to wait until next year to know how much of a priority defense spending (2nd only to the UK’s) will be.
    I think that as the EU frays and weakens, inciting the “near abroad” neighbors like Russia to growl, that NATO will find new life in it.
    1) Finland, no NATO member, will not grow too distant from EU members even if it discards the euro. Russia is forever its neighbor.
    2) Norway, no EU member, will stick tight to its NATO membership. Russia is forever its neighbor.
    3) Romania, an ill-appreciated member of NATO and EU, will continue to have a front-row seat at state disintegration for countries in the Russian sphere: its cousins in Moldova are on the outside, looking in at Europe.

    I think up until recently, the core states of the EU – France, Germany, Italy…and the UK – have been acting as if Europe and its problems exist in a vacuum. The grumblings and licking of chops on its outskirts will remind them (hopefully) of the utility and need for sticking together through thick and thin. And that its American & Canadian buddies are still around (hopefully), just in case like in the good ole days.

  • Kenny

    Looks liked your boy Fukuyama’s claim about the end of history was somewhat off, Mr. Mead.

    Has Fukuyama learned anything yet about how the world actually works?

  • Kris

    It’s still not over, over there?

  • Corlyss

    “For hundreds of thousands of desperately poor Romanians, trapped inside the low-wage, corrupt post-socialist Romanian mess, this represents their best hope of a better life.”

    So of course they can’t wait to flood into the Eurozone and get on the welfare rolls of the rich states that are now sinking under their own misguided socialist burdens. I can’t wait.

  • Corlyss

    “American strategic calculations about where the world is going and what our priorities should be have rested on the assumption that a competent and powerful European Union would secure NATO’s eastern flank”

    Anyone whose watched the poor-mouthing former-greats trying to explain why they couldn’t do ANYTHING about Bosnia and why the US had to do all the heavy lifting understood 15 years ago that the Eurozone wasn’t going to be spending any money on defense. Pipe dream!

  • Eurydice

    At this point, it’s hard to know which countries would be a “good fit” for the EU – “fitness” depends on the goal, and who knows what that is. But, under any scenario, there’ll always be groups of people who are less fortunate in some way or another. The more fortunate may be sick and tired of dealing with them, but history’s shown that isolating them never turns out well.

  • thibaud

    Well said.

    Those who gloat over Europe’s troubles are foolish and short-sighted. If Europe goes down, our economy and our geo-strategic interests will suffer along with it.

    For example, a Pres. Romney presiding in 2013 over the global economic ruin following upon a eurozone implosion would be crippled. He would become a one-term president, discrediting his policies for at least another decade just as Carter and his party were after 1980.

  • Peter kovalszki

    Now you can see where is democracy in danger(Romania), and, despite all the brouhaha of the last 18 month, is not( Hungary).Wrm’s list of political and legal atrocities committed by the new Romanian government is not even complete.

  • John Patterson

    Hundreds of thousands of Romanians have been coming here, Portugal, for over twenty years. So all the maids, gardeners and other ‘servant’ jobs are taken by them, Moldovans and Ukrainians. Every traffic light in Portugal has its Romanian gypsy beggars. Drugs, home invasions and other serious crime are also pretty much East European.

    Jobs Portuguese won’t do.

  • Albert

    It is rich for EU officials to be complaining about the democratic institutions of Romania considering the way that Papandreou of Greece and Berlusconi of Italy, both duly elected, were defenestrated by the same EU officials and replaced by non-elected “technocrats”.

  • This fine piece made me muse on Unthinkable Thoughts and Macbeth:

    http://charlescrawford.biz/blog/europe-s-problems-thinking-the-unthinkable

  • Rachel

    Which country currently leads the EU?

  • Europe is the core of Western civilization. We would be foolish to think it isn’t as important as Asia.

  • omi

    “…the Schengen Agreement, the accord that lets citizens of the EU states who belong to it travel freely among all member states.”

    Schengen agreement has nothing to do with the freedom of travel. It regards only the borders not the citizens.
    The free movement of the citizens is with: “European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States”
    And this has nothing to do with Schengen.

    As a Romanian I did travel freely since my country joined the EU in 2007. At the EU borders I just need to have a valid identity card, nothing else.

  • Daniel

    Mister Walter. there are some things in your article that proves to me that you have no idea of what are you talking about.

    1. “The sparring began over which top official would represent Romania at last week’s EU summit”. I want to let you know that this is the second attempt by USL to change the president. Both of them are made by the people, using one of the most democratic tools THE REFERENDUM! The EU summit it’s not the spark of anything, it’s just a part of the game.

    2. “Then things got worse. The Parliament impeached the President under the controversially constitutional procedures that it had earlier passed”.”In Hungary and now Romania some basic legal and constitutional principles are at risk”. The Romanian Constitution from 1991 to 2010 has been the same concerning this problem, being changed by the Traian Basescu and his Democrat party in order to make the suspending of the president much harder to achieved. The USL party have not change it, has just come back to normality and the original form that was in law since almost 20 years. WHERE IS THE PROBLEM IN THAT?

    3. “…the Schengen Agreement, the accord that lets citizens of the EU states who belong to it travel freely among all member states.” This just tells me that you are an retard and have no idea what EU means.

    At the end of my response, I want to advise you that when you are talking about a subject, you should also put the past and the future. Here, you have not say anything about the tens of thousands of Romanians that protested in the cold this winter saying” We don’t want this president any more!”

    This is a big fuss for nothing. The people will decide, by referendum, according to the constitution. Nothing can be more legal and democratic then that. And the Constitutional Court has decided that the suspending of the presided is legal and according to the Constitution. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN?

    As for you, you are just an idiot that talks about a geopolitical problem that is much bigger than he can understand. But it’s your opinion, and any idiot has the right to talk. So..please, carry on.

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