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Nevertheless, the concern was whether small countries could make a difference to the level of transparency and accountability and seriously challenge the top-down nature of the Union. That's positive change, rather than negative maintainance of an existing status quo. And that's a wholly different beast.

I'm not saying that small countries should be able to make major active change by themselves - that would seem frankly perverse - but you have to concede that those minors whose populations have been concerned about the lack of transparency, accountability and bottom-up decisionmaking have not accomplished much. This is not entirely the Union's fault, because I do believe that if our governments had been serious about pushing for it, Something Would Have Happened. OTOH, the way the Union system is structured makes it entirely too convenient for our politicians to 'forget' about pushing for accountability.

In other words, in many minors the perception is that once you get on the Union train, only your politicians get a shot at trying to control the direction. And historically minor countries' politicians have been - ah - less than vigorous in their defense of transparency in the Union. Or to put it in even simpler terms, the euroskeptics have entirely too much of a valid point for my liking.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 12:43:10 PM EST
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