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I'm not so sure. Yes, there are strong pressures to acculturate large European nations and European institutions have indeed been skewed towards that goal over the past 30 years. But there's an ocean between trying and succeeding, and it's the kind of gambit which is very dangerous to try and loose.
The threat to cultural coherence that I am talking about is not from without, but from within (through immigration). Acculturation by European institutions played no role in my comment. Also, I was not the one who clamored for a supranational democratic institution. The EU megastate does scare the crap out of me precisely because not enough effort is put into fostering the emergence of a European public.

So, I agree with you for the most part.

I can't have a cosmopolitan democracy so I have to content myself with keeping the nationality I was born with. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a nation that I feel allegiance towards: my strongest personal ties happen to have been with people from all over, and those who started out close to me are now half a world away.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 09:44:59 AM EST
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