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There is an interesting parallel with the reports of separatist feelings in the North of Italy. Economic reasoning and a loss of solidarity is a powerful driver in splitting nations.

The EU provides a possible framework to juggle with this problem. Let (for example) Scotland become separate from the UK. If they are poorer than the general line, they will receive EU money, if richer, they will contribute.

Of course, the killer is that whilst this can immediately solve some "national identity" problems, the EU currently doesn't work well enough to solve the economic problems in the way I outlined above.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Feb 13th, 2006 at 03:57:01 AM EST

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