Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
My mental model breaks Europe up "naturally" into the basins of the various seas: Baltic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Sea. There are a few remaining landlocked countries: Switzerland, Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Belarus. Those can be satellites of the regions around them, or not. Right now, I see Czechia as almost as independent-minded as Switzerland, for instance. And the same may be true of Serbia or Belarus.

If you want Germany and the Netherlands in the same economc bloc, we're looking rather at the North Sea basin: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK, Norway, Denmark. But that replicates the situation with the old European Community (minus Italy) and the EFTA (UK, Denmark, Norway, etc). It didn't work out then (the EFTA countries remain outside the EU or are eurosceptic or uncommited members of it) so why should it work out now?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 10th, 2013 at 07:28:31 PM EST
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