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The irony in this is that most Mexicans coming north come not by choice but by necessity. Many relatively inefficient (by western agro-alimentary multinational standards) small-holders have simply been put out of business by nafta and really have no choice but to go where there is a way to put food on the table. Vast internal migrations are an aspect of the present form of globalisation being (mis)-managed.

This is of course exactly the sort of thing the English would love to bring to Europe as well, they've bought the American model, arguably in fact they taught it to the Americans.

For my part, I suspect Turkey will hold its own in the present environment; it is converging already, in more ways than one. This being said, why force the issue by hastily integrating it into EU institutions? So firms can make a few bucks more?

Europe, a real Europe, is far too important for that, and has already been enlarged too much, imho threatening the project. Time to take it slow. I submit, humbly, that if your currency isn't yet ready to be integrated into the Eurozone more or less harmoniously, and your regimes with respect to tax policy, human rights and social insurance are not within a margin of error or so of the EU mean, it's not your time yet.

Not to say there won't be a time in the near future.

Of course, this perspective likely would require that England be invited to leave as well, but Wales and Scotland would no doubt be welcome to stay.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 11:03:07 AM EST
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