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Maybe Lisbon is a red herring and simply an excuse for inaction. The EU could be doing all kinds of stuff under Nice if the elites had the political will. But they don't, which explains why Lisbon still hasn't passed.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 16th, 2009 at 07:23:45 AM EST
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The failure of the referendum destroyed the legitimacy of political action at the EU level. So all you get is inter-governmental crap, driven by the lamest common political priority of the day, and with only vague pretenses at being a "good European" (there's no mileage in that).

The "non" of the left ensured that we would have no more than that. It was the predicted result of that vote. I don't take any pleasure in saying it, because it's a shitty situation, but I was right.

Would we have had more neoliberalism and national selfishness in the past 4 years with a "oui"?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Feb 16th, 2009 at 07:50:24 AM EST
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Probably more neoliberalism would have been implemented. It's hard to imagine more national selfishness.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 16th, 2009 at 08:39:28 AM EST
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