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I don't see any problem there.

B.

can't see why the main countries (Spain, Italy, France and Germany) couldn't just give the middle finger to the others and push ahead.

Chirac. Merkel. Sarkozy. Koch. Push ahead in what direction?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 09:19:19 AM EST
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You forgot Aznar.

Maybe we just have to admit that we got used to a decade of strong EU construction under Gonzalez, Mitterrand and Kohl, with Delors in the Commission, and that it's natural that a period of stasis follows. Europe is not dying, it's just taking a necessary rest.

DoDo does rightly point out that the political cycle does not favour further integration.

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 Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 09:24:09 AM EST
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and Barroso...

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 Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 09:24:33 AM EST
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You forgot Aznar.

No more in office, nor do I expect him back anytime soon. But I should have mentioned Barroso, you make my argument above much better than I could.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 09:44:16 AM EST
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Maybe not back in office, but he might take the reins of the PP back from Rajoy. It's a long time until 2008.

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 Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2006 at 09:49:34 AM EST
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