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growing unity in europe feels really good, but there is the dual worry of first the fact that we are perceived as 'fortress europe', especially in italy, surrounded by seas and a very porous coastline, making it difficult to police compassionately, and secondly that peak oil is still not being prepared for nearly intelligently enough.

vested interests are apparently slowing down passage of tax write-offs for solar panels.

with italy having so much sunshine, it's a disgrace that italians are dying in iraq for oil, and having to buy electricity from neighbours.

the south is rife with organised crime, practically ungovernable and a corrupt sinkhole for money, creating fodder for northern demagogues like bossi to prate.

most people i know here feel the economy to be poorer since the euro, stats notwithstanding.

still, with vivid memories of post war misery in everyones' families, the boom years have not changed old ways that much, especially compared to overindustrialised britain, where urbanisation is choking quality of life, even with higher employment, and modernisation in general has turned its worm much more deeply.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2005 at 04:48:39 PM EST

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