This is an excellent, MUST-READ article from the Economist. Check it out!
Personally, I have a great deal of sympathy for the increasing French disillusionment with the EU, especially the European Commission (EC). The French are not unlike the British, they see the EC with too much power. The article correctly identified that the crux of the problem is the Euro; without the Euro, reform of the EU would be much easier.
In many respects, Francois Hollande, the President of France is a true lame-duck, bitterly unpopular at home and abroad; Hollande, it seems, will do the minimum to muddle through and save his political skin.
Meanwhile, Germany will tread cautiously, not wishing to be seen to leading Europe too autocratically.
This leads me to an open question:
After the European elections in 2014, could we see the dismantling of the Euro?
- The French increasingly think Europe is the problem, not the solution-Charlemagne: Désillusion | The Economist (dralfoldman.com)
- The French Increasingly Think Europe Is The Problem, Not The Solution (businessinsider.com)
- Gibraltar border checks legal, says European Commission (theolivepress.es)
- EC says 2014 member draft budget plans are at risk of breaking EU budget rules (forexlive.com)
- EC Urges Bulgarian Society to Oppose Hatred (novinite.com)
- EU Criticizes Spending Plans of Biggest Euro-Area Nations (bloomberg.com)
- ‘Paper by EU Economist Backs Austerity’s Critics’ (economistsview.typepad.com)
- The future: Great Britain or Little England? | The Economist (dralfoldman.com)
- British taxpayers liable for £800m of misspent EU funds – Telegraph (dralfoldman.com)
- Charlemagne: Crank up the motor | The Economist (dralfoldman.com)