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Created by John Eipper on 03/02/13 4:28 AM

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UKIP, Tories and EU (Angel Vinas, Belgium, 03/02/13 4:28 am)

I wholeheartedly disagree with much of what Nigel Jones (1 March) says. I agree with his statement that whatever may happen in Europa will affect the USA. This is banal. In today's globalised world, no country (not even a big country) is an island. This is one of the reasons why the rapprochement via trade between the EU and the USA is likely to go ahead.

Resistance to the EU follows two lines. On the one hand it is directed against the German-inspired politics of extreme austerity. You change the national governments via national elections and the EU will also change. The second line is the one followed by the so-called net donor countries (mainly D, NL, SU, SW, AUS). It's based on purely financial considerations. No one seems to accept (and this is a manifestation of the return of nationalism to old Europe) the fact that the EU has been a positive-sum game for many years. You give money out, but you export more merchandise and services. Your capital flows freely. You find fewer and fewer technical and administrative hurdles. Mrs Merkel seems to go backwards to the times of Chancellor Brüning. Only the Germans can choose a less dogmatic government.

As for the UK, I wouldn´t call Mr Cameron a Europhile, but rather a slightly old-fashioned English nationalist. You can adorn this last title with other qualifying adjectives. His idea about the referendum is unlikely to make much headway in the time framework he arbitrarily decided to choose.

As for the future, everyone is entitled to their dreams. UKIP too.

By the way, let´s see what happens on 13-14 March. Perhaps the EU Parliament which Nigel Jones wants to join so ardently may not accept the draft Multiannual Financial Framework. It would be funny and interesting.

JE comments:  In reference to our global economy, welcome to Day 1 of the US "Sequester."  I haven't felt any economic pain yet, but the symptoms of this disease build up slowly.  I presume the effects will filter to Europe and elsewhere.

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