Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
A great discussion all, thank you...and, I admit, a bit over my head...I'm not so knowledgeable in this area (yet), though consider me listening and learning. But where I do go with this discussion, is in a personal direction, and hope it isn't too off topic: I recently immigrated to Europe (Switzerland) from the US, and what I'm finding in this transition is incredibly interesting, but also challenging. The US is so much younger as a country than the European collective, yet it has one language, and one political system, which has allowed it to evolve as a system. And for better or (mostly) worse, the US had the history of "its mine if I take it" history ("Manifest Destiny"). But it has had, what, 231 years to evolve its system as one political/economic system. Here, every big and little country has its own language(s), culture, history, political system, economy, labor system, etc., etc. And it has been trying (nobly, I'd say) to organize into a united states for, what? 15 years or so? That is such a short time to try and accomplish the kinds of changes that are being contemplated. Progress is being made, but there is so much...state "personality"...that has to be dealt with in ths process. In looking at all this, I do wonder, what is the single labor model that the EU has been contemplating? Does that system has something for everyone? Is that something that can be worked with? I'm trying to fit this conversation into something I can grasp and understand...so pardon me, if its off the topic....but real curious if anyone has something to say on this.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Jun 22nd, 2005 at 11:24:37 AM EST
You bring interesting perspective with your questions. I think we are all wrestling with many of them. Hopefully more discussions here will help - so do join us with you "naive" questions which are not really so naive and go to the core of what "Europe" is.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2005 at 01:17:48 PM EST
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