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Big challenges cannot be addressed at a tiny level.

Admittedly, the EU has performed appallingly of late (as it has been captured by austerianism), but I don't see that this is a battle that was being lost in every country. Greece seems to be the only one to really push back.

On the other hand, if you want to address a far bigger issue (yes, I know 60% youth unemployment is shocking and actually does wake me up at night -still, I stand by far bigger) such as sustainability and averting catastrophic climate change, then you need very strong integration. And, until 2008, the EU was indeed a strong hope for the world and the only superpower that was making any sort of noise in the right direction.

Remove that and you have the guarantee that the fate of the world will be decided between Washington and Beijing - nice beacons of hope.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Tue Jun 2nd, 2015 at 09:49:48 AM EST
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