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there still was momentum for "ever closer union." This died somewhere in the late-90s/early 00s and was killed off by France's NON to the EU Constitution, which basically set in stone the message that there would be no increase to the political legitimacy of the Brussels institutions, ceding the ground to national governments.

And at times of crisis, national populism is the easy route to deflect blame and rally people, with predictable results.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 08:09:44 AM EST
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Stop blaming the political left for the sins of Third-Way social democrats.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 09:19:24 AM EST
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where did you see me blame the political left in my comment above?

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 09:33:27 AM EST
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France's NON to the EU Constitution

which you blame (not in that comment, but you did all thrrough the Constitution debates on this site years ago) on the French "lyrical left" and rebels within the PS.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 09:40:09 AM EST
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I did indeed, but in this case I was making a more general point about the overall loss of desire for "ever closer union." Maybe it was generational change, maybe it was the focus on enlargement (which as we know the Brits did see, rightly or wrongly, as a distraction from deepening tendencies), maybe it was having a fundamentally eurosceptical French president (Chirac), maybe it was the cost and change in perspective(s) from  Germany' reunification it was the scandinavians and the more utilitarian view of the EU, or (more likely) a combination of all that.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 10:23:21 AM EST
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