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As Migrant Deal Falters, Strains on EU’s Underbelly Grow
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  • rheddles

    Kaiser Wilhelm and Furher Adolph must be smiling.

    • It seems WWII in Europe was fought only to move the Euro capitol from Berlin to Brussels.

  • Beauceron

    All of the West is being “transformed” as our President called it.

    Transformed into what? That is anybody’s guess– one thing is clear: our elite don’t know what they’re doing and don’t care about us at all.

  • Fat_Man

    And the British people are idiots for wanting to be out of this catastrophe.

  • Greg Olsen

    “Unable to craft policies that work, unable to share the pain of failure fairly: one must hope that history will give Europe a break.” Hope is not a strategy. The United States needs to plan for the end of the institutions the U. S. has used for half a century to manage global order. There are other alternatives on the table: a new IGO that encompasses the Anglosphere, reinvigoration of NATO, TTIP (likely a dead letter), TPP, WTO still seems to function pretty well, reforming the World Bank and IMF to make them more accountable, etc.

    • rheddles

      What’s the second alternative?

      WTO functions dreadfully. All our problems are related to allowing Russia and China to be members before they became, if not liberal democracies, at least law abiding liberal market oriented states.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The future is disintegration of the Euro and the EU, just like the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact disintegrated 25 years ago.

  • LarryD

    Move Brussels to Greece. Near the shore.

    • Andrew Allison

      And Congress to Detroit!

      • f1b0nacc1

        And change Income Tax day to the Monday before Election Day in November

        • Andrew Allison

          Fails on two counts. First, in the country in which I live, about half the ballots are submitted by mail, which means that most of the inordinate amount of money spend after the mail ballots go out is wasted. Second, I don’t think that the average citizen relates his/her level of taxation to the individual for whom they are voting. What really needs to be done, of course, is to require Congress (the reprehensatives and those they employ) to live by the same health insurance, pension, etc., rules we peons do. It’s ironic, is it not that, having thrown off the yoke of taxation without representation over 200 years ago, we’ve allowed the creation of a new aristocracy. Santayana had it right: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’

          • f1b0nacc1

            Two points:

            1) I don’t support mail-in ballots, they are almost as bad as electronic ones in terms of fraud. Worse, they mean that we end up with all sorts of room for mischief as the partial results get ‘leaked’ by politically motivated election boards.

            2)The average citizen may not make an explicit link between their taxes and their congressman (in fact I suspect that the evidence indicates the opposite), but they certainly will be reminded of it at a time when they are most able to do something about it. It couldn’t possibly hurt.

            Forcing congress (and the courts, and the executive branch, and the employees) to live by the laws that they impose would be an outstanding reform, one that I have been in favor of since I first heard it mentioned about 10 years ago. This is a good candidate for a constitutional amendment (this is the context in which I first heard it mentioned), as it fits in nicely with the principle of one nation under law.

          • Andrew Allison

            Oops, that should have been in the county (Monterey).

            Today’s news notwithstanding, I seriously doubt that mail ballots are any less fraught than the alternatives (mail ballots get counted after the polls close), and they have the benefit increasing the vote). My point was, and is, that by the day before the election, the decision’s have been made.

            What we need is a good dose of no taxation without representation. Unhappily, the sheeple just don’t get it.

          • f1b0nacc1

            How about no representation without taxation? That would finish the Democrats for a good long while…

          • LarryD

            David Weber, in his Honorverse novels, has exactly that in Manticor’s Constitution. In order to have the franchise, you have to pay more in taxes than you receive in subsides.

  • Sixteen years? What the fuck did Bush have to do with this one?

    • JR

      I think in some circles blaming Bush is just a reflexive motion at this point.

  • GlobalTrvlr

    “Greece and Italy, two of the European countries most damaged by the euro disaster…” No clue what you are referring to here. Greece & Italy ruined their own economies and then have been trying to blame it on the EU while sucking from the teat. The EU IS a disaster, but Greece & Italy are part of what makes it a disaster, not some victim.

  • PierrePendre

    The culprit is not Germany but the basic incompatibility between the EU’s northern and southern economic blocs. This was always the rock which was going to hole the euro below the waterline. Mitterrand wanted the euro to bind Germany to an EU which he thought that, politically, France would dominate indefinitely; Kohl, still the man of WW2 guilt, agreed provided it was a hard currency hedged by strict rules. The southern soft currency countries went into this arrangement with their eyes open, indeed clamoured to join; Italy and Greece both cooked their books to become eligible. The idea was that the eventual crisis the euro’s authors knew was inevitable would enable them to screw an agreement to economic union, governed from Brussels, out of the Germans – a pan-EU finance ministry administering harmonised tax regimes, fiscal transfers and welfare payments all underwritten by German wealth. Not surprisingly, the German taxpayer ain’t biting and he never will because of that insurmountable incompatability mentioned above. It’s worth recalling that Mitterrand, the main creator of this disaster, knew nothing about economics and cared less; he believed that political voluntarism fixed everything. The Germans are pragmatic about economics and money; they’ll come out on top however bad a system and jealous losers will whine about unfairness and German imperialism. They are certainly not going to impoverish themselves to save a French theory that doesn’t work.

    • f1b0nacc1

      There is a French theory that does work?

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