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The EU is probably done for even if the UK stays. While it is fair to put most of the blame on the EU leadership that invented a crisis of state debt to muddy the waters over the most spectacular failure of capitalism since the great depression the train wreck was visible earlier.
Take the Maastricht rules. The purpose was to discipline budget demands. It was rethoric. And everything sorta worked as long as no one took them too seriously.
Same with Dublin. As written those rules are highly immoral and drop all responsibility on the poorer border states. So why did they even sign up? Because they had no intention of honouring them.
The EU has been held together by hypocrisy and selectively ignoring its increasingly misanthropic rules. As if it was set up to explode in national resentment.
And at least here in Austria the idea that the European Union is a "project of peace" is dying of old age. Highly educated young people like the free travel/Erasmus aspect. The part our leaders are most ready to give up. Young people without higher education don't like it at all.

To come to the actual topic: Charming that the leave campaign now puts "immigration" front and center. And on my  most pessimistic days (weekdays) I tend to think they might get quite a lot concessions here. Harrassing poor people is quite popular I hear. Still the shock of Leave winning might pop the property bubble and since the Tories have no plan b...
One final side note: In the old days before it was racism all day everyday complaints about EU bureaucracy were pretty big. And in a way I agree, the EU does lead to a lot of tedious paperwork.
However the people making this complaint are completely delusional. Because what produces all the overcomplicated rules is the single market they like not the political Union/power grab. The Council doesn't even keep notes. What does the Telegraph think a market is? Spoiler alert: Companies with law sections trying to outbribe each other are a major component. Every time you create a new market you put people into adversarial relationships. Now you need exhaustive rules and external controls.
That was my rant of the day.

Nur der Euro bleibt stehen - von Berlin bis Athen - Georg Kreisler

by generic on Fri Jun 17th, 2016 at 04:09:55 AM EST

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