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Speaking of Turkey and North Africa, what is the interest of creating a single socio-economic sphere with 250M additional people who:
  • on average have a standard of living which is close to 10% of ours
  • do not share our cultural heritage
  • have socio-political orders which are completely different from ours

Personally, I'm not convinced of the need for the EU to constantly seek expansion. Don't we have enough difficulty managing our own internal problems - from monetary and fiscal union to military integration to social policy, etc.?

Whose interests would be served by integrating weak states at Europe's periphery? The boardroom technocrats in Brussels? European business elites? Or European society at large? And what is it that "total integration" offers that bilateral agreements in the political, military or economic spheres can't offer?

The desire to constantly "expand Europe's reach" is an empire building endeavor... or a self assigned evangelical mission to convert the "indigenous masses" to accept the values of our "economic theocracy". But entropy has ways of imposing its laws when there is economic, political or military over-reach and I'd rather hang on to what we have now and improve it rather than risk regressing and losing it all.

by vladimir on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 11:30:10 AM EST
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