The French increasingly think Europe is the problem, not the solution-Charlemagne: Désillusion | The Economist

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This is an excellent, MUST-READ article from the Economist. Check it out!

 

via Charlemagne: Désillusion | The Economist.

 

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?

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

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One response

  1. Dr Alf’s interesting question is hypothetical.

    Regardless of what people in individual countries want, the plan is for a United States of Europe which will have an increasing number of poorer Eastern European countries in it.

    Before this, it was a reincarnation of the Holy Roman Empire run for the benefit of France and Germany and costs were controllable.

    Now, it is the opposite,the costs are mounting the process of EU enlargement will continue and our contributions will continue to rise.

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