Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Europe - an indulgence we can't afford

At his usual best, Mark Steyn writes on why the French voted no to the EU constitution and why "Europe" is a failure.

He sums it up this way:

They're gone now. But their spirit lives on in the EU, critically admired (at least by the Guardian and Le Monde) but not making any money, and clinging to the theory that if you merge enough weak economies they add up to one global superpower. The big story of the past three decades is that the more it's mired itself in the creation of a centralised pseudo-state, the more "Europe" has fallen behind America in every important long-term indicator, from economic growth to demographics. "Europe" is an indulgence the real Europe can't afford. The followers recognise that, even if the leaders don't.

Which is one of the reasons why "they hate us".

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