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Re: point #2 -- have you actually established that there are other eurozone countries that have "not reduced the financial weight of the state" in the past decade?  Because you're saying that the statement is incorrect and misleading, but as far as I can tell you've only given evidence that it's misleading, but not that it's factually incorrect.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Apr 16th, 2007 at 08:04:00 AM EST
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It's not obvious that France has not reduced the weight of the State. It's pretty close, but the statement is not correct per se about France.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Apr 16th, 2007 at 08:16:11 AM EST
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If the other countries in the Eurozone show a marked decrease (which from the average in the graph, appears to be the case) then I'm not sure that's a very strong point, at least when asking for a correction.  It's a point that could be made in an LTE, but I don't think they're going to run a corrective unless you can give them some strong evidence that it's factually incorrect.  What are the actual numbers for France?  Because on the chart, it looks like it's right about the same level now as 10 years ago.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Apr 16th, 2007 at 08:25:45 AM EST
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