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This has nothing to do with being beneficent.  This is, as are all political conflicts, a raw fight over resources, so the question is, on which side are you in this particular conflict?

Given that a confederation (nevermind a federation) is not sustainable between countries of widely disparate wealth (at least not if it wishes to retain a semblance of democracy), I think I can safely say that I'm on the side of preserving, deepening and widening the European institutions and integration and greater transfers from richer EU members to the median Greek (just as I am on the side of greater EU transfers to the median (North) African resident).

"Old Europe" knew (or should have known) full well what we signed up for when it went for larger and deeper integration over the past two or three decades. Yes, the European Union could jettison the Mediterranean... If we want to have between ten and twenty politically and economically unstable third-world countries right in our back yard. Me, I have a whole slew of reasons to Not Want that, only some of which are humanitarian and altruistic in nature.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 25th, 2010 at 06:36:21 PM EST
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