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The elephant in the room is the fact that the political consensus that the EU is attempting to create - austerity forever - is going to produce problems like those presently seen in the UK and the US, as well as Hungary, etc. - the further rise of the right. But the governing elites in the governments comprising the EU are too distracted by this imbroglio to notice or are using it as a reason not to have to deal with the consequences of their policies - the tip of that spear being austerity. What would the EU do were both France and Germany to be taken over by leaders representing ascendant right wing parties who more resemble Trump than any present 'mainstream conservative' politician? Another ten years of the same ole same ole and what are the chances the USA and Europe will not both be saddled by such leaders by the furious and easily misled disaffected bottom 60% of the population?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 06:04:31 AM EST

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