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While the evolution of the EU has taken place over 60 odd years, it was only in 1993 that the Single Market was born, with its 4 basic principles of the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and money. That was only 17 years ago: Europe is still a teenager (like the Internet).
Remarkably too, the EU is administered cost-effectively - contrary to popular opinion.
Enormous problems remain - that's what ET was set up to discuss. But problems have to be solved, and we are all part of that process. To me, the major task, deep down, is how to balance regulation with creative and cultural freedom.
You can't be me, I'm taken
But federations that do not survive also often have constitutional crises that do not even approach the severity of the current one.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
Economics is politics by other means
i was pontificating from my tunnel vision watching Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain (and soon Finland) selling their wind turbines and technology around the world, including into the US, UK and the BRICs. I think about Spanish and German solar plant the same way, although there California has given the US a base of its own.
Then i was thinking of the growth in organic produce in parts of Europe. And a general attitude regarding sustainability.
More likely my view is based upon grandiose doses of wishful thinking, which i spend most every day trying to make good.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
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