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Friday, June 03, 2005

The EU Paradox

Posted by Hello

In the last week, the French have rejected the European Constitution on the grounds that it was far to "turbo-capitalist" and might threaten the generous social benefits that the French enjoy. Read more here. Two days later, the Dutch rejected the EU Constitution on the grounds that it was to socialist and would stifle the Netherlands economy. Read more here. Can both of these things be true at the same time? In a word...yes. Is this really at the heart of people's concerns about the EU? Yes and no. It is one of many concerns that European social, economic, and political leaders have failed to address. To be continued...

2 Comments:

Anonymous cdrgonzo said...

Don't forget the Dutch also resisted it due to social concerns, namely that the policies would be too controlling and interfere with their social ideas such as prostitution and dug legalization

5:18 PM  
Blogger Free2Smooze said...

Point well made, chris. When I refer to socialism, i mean in the broad sense, not just economic socialism, but rather top down micromanagement from Brussels that can just as easily interfere with social policy as with economic policy.

2:37 PM  

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