Hope in a new kind of union
Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2012
In this global world, single European countries are bound to count for less than a larger, united Europe. Only a larger Europe can confront now and in the future emerging giants like China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, etc. This larger Europe would be convenient for everybody. Then Europe should try to link as closely as possible to Asia, home of most of those emerging giants. Germany knows it and has been investing much of its trade surpluses in Asia, and in China in particular, in recent decades. It can carry on doing it on its own, but it would be important to establish direct communication routes between Asia and Europe. These routes go through Russia or the Mediterranean from China, or if goods come from India and Southeast Asia, only through the Mediterranean.
5th September, 2012
The European Union is at a dead end. This is not because the Germans, Italians, and French and the failing Spanish and Greeks are at loggerheads about how to improve their national accounts. The EU is ending because it is hopeless: there is no hope, no program, and no real plan to hold the union together or to demonstrate why countries with different traditions, laws, and senses of identity – countries that have been at war with one another for most of the past three centuries – should now merge and embrace the future together rather than repelling it.