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European Disunion
Spain Joins the Mo’ Money Caucus
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  • Beauceron

    “Madrid has submitted to the European Commission a proposal for…a common unemployment insurance scheme”

    They may be mouthing the words of deeper union, but they’re really just doing what is best for their own national interest.

    • RedWell

      Sure, but the most successful and appealing policies overlap national interests with ideological goods.

      • Beauceron


        OK. Sure. And I hate cancer.

        Leaving aside blunt statements of the obvious, I very much doubt that if Spain did not have an unemployment rate quadruple that of many other EU nations, they’d be looking for a common unemployment fund. Unemployment is often the result of national policies– over taxation, failure to invest in R&D, poor education systems, etc. If I were Germany or Denmark or Poland, I would not consider it a public good that my taxpayers had to foot the bill for Spain’s or Greece’s poor economic policies.

        • RedWell

          How is pointing out that Spain is acting in its self-interest not also a glaringly obvious point? The statement looked to me like a kind of easy tough-minded thinking, hence the reply.

          The real challenge of diplomacy is taking your obvious self-interest and melding it with some larger interest. Obvious? Maybe. Yet it is clear that governments struggle with that very thing because leaders and pulled by domestic interests and bureaucracies are siloed.

          • Beauceron

            Because the point isn’t that Spain is acting in its self-interest, but that Spain is arguing for more integration for the greater good but only in ways that benefit its own interests. It’s the central problem with the EU– countries strut the stage talking of greater union, but always angling for the benefit of their nation state. It’s one of the reasons why the EU does not work and will likely collapse.

            The interests of the governments within the EU are so divergent that it becomes almost impossible to pull in the same direction.

          • Pete

            You said it right, brother.

    • Andrew Allison

      Interesting that unemployment is significantly higher for the eurozone (EA-19) than for the EU as a whole, but this may be a result of the outlandish levels in Spain and Greece.

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    Spain is a parasite…and that will never change….

  • Andrew Allison

    Greece is doing everything it can to discourage mutualization of debt and benefits:

  • Fat_Man

    The Brits must be laughing. How lucky can they be to get out of this clown circus.

    • Observe&Report

      It’s certainly hard to imagine the EU finding the time or the means to “punish” Britain when they’re so busy arguing over how to revive the eurozone’s corpse.

  • Were individual member states required to balance their budgets annually the way states in the United States are, there would be no problem.

  • Pete

    Question: Who doesn’t want more money?

    Answer: The poor sap who has to provide it.

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