The European Union budget: Too timid by half | The Economist

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This is an excellent lead article from the Economist. Check it out!

via The European Union budget: Too timid by half | The Economist.

Personally, I totally endorse the Economist’s argument. I am pro-EU but strongly favor radical change to the EU budget or simply, I strongly favor a reformed EU.

I know that some of my colleagues think that it is not the time to “rock the boat” and others favor the UK exiting the EU as a primary strategy and are not interested in EU reform.

Any thoughts?

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5 responses

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  2. I would go along with your views here Alf but for one thing. I do not see how the UK can possibly bring about an EU which is sufficiently reformed to meet my two basic criteria: that it’s actions be endorsed by its people and that its accounts be audited. After that you are right in saying that the budget needs to be reformed too – but little point in that if there are no true records of what it is being spent on. Hence my opinion that we need to leave the EU.

    • Rodney, I accept your criteria, namely that EU actions be endorsed by its people and that its accounts be audited. Thse could be built into to any radical reform objectives. So perhaps our views are not too far apart?

      • Probably not, Alf but . . . you, I feel, believe that this reform is possible whereas I do not. Had we gradually developed from a common market to common political ends taking the people with us that would have been different. Better to kill the EU now and start work on a new pan European movement with strong foundations.

      • Rodney,

        You are correct. We have fundamentally different views. I have always been pro-European and still am, albeit I accept the Economist’s argument for radical reform of the EU.

        It’s also a question of risk analysis against alternative “national scenarios”. To avoid a Greek style melt-down, each scenario requires proper costing and risk analysis.

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