This is beginning to get ridiculous. Britain is our most important ally. We have the deepest historical ties with the United Kingdom. Right now many people in the UK are fighting for their country’s very survival. They are seeking to maintain their sovereignty in the face of a European Union which is a bureaucratic and some would argue authoritarian institution. Brussels grows cronies like the cow pasture down the road from my house grows mushrooms. (And both the mushrooms and the EU politicians are full of the same thing.) The EU is a technocratic and often unrepresentative administrative empire and this empire wants to rope Britain in (permanently) to take the country down a peg.
Who is better off on average (In terms of per capita GDP)? The people who live in Belgium or the people who live in New Mexico?
Britain is facing an important moment. Does it leave the European Union? Let’s hope for Britain’s sake (and ours) that it does.
The EU is an experiment which is in deep crisis. An onslaught of refugees which is forcing countries within the European Union members to deal with the flow on an ad hoc basis instead of as a federation, the continuing economic struggles in much of the “periphery” of the continent, and the real possibility of the UK leaving the Union have called the future of Europe into question.
Hooray for London’s mayor Boris Johnson who has come out for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. He is indeed for #Brexit. And hallelujah.
Sure, “European banks.” All banks.
People in America are just plugging along seemingly oblivious to the storm which continues to gather strength overseas and in some cases is already buffeting the United States. It is foolhardy. We have just gotten used to the new post-2008 lower standards of living in this country and we want to think that the global depression which started in 2007-2008 is all over. It’s not.
Will the world go to hell in a hand basket tomorrow?
JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs want Britain to stay within the European Union and they are spending money to make sure the UK stays. Surprise.
Big surprise that the NPR coverage of this story this morning emphasized the European Union’s supposed commitment to “the rule of law.” The backward Poles we were to understand were the ones in the wrong, and now Brussels (really Berlin) had to deal with the Warsaw yokels.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Farage this past summer in Washington. I found him to be as passionate, straight forward, self effacing, and as generally good natured as his “official” persona. Not always a given with politicians. He called for the UK’s exit from the European Union. He emphasized the importance for the United States that Britain reassert its sovereignty and the need for the UK to look to the US not across the Channel. He warned of a federal Europe dominated by Germany.
Farage giving us an update this past summer on the fight against the EU.
I don’t agree with everything Mr. Farage has to say, but I do agree with a good bit. I had the opportunity to listen to him speak in Washington recently and I was impressed. He is as entertaining in person as he is on the floor of the European Parliament. His voice is a critical one as Europe appears to be spinning headlong into an autocratic abyss.
It seems the emissions scandal which started with Volkswagen now extends to many other car manufacturers, though it does not appear that these manufacturers had “defeat devices” like the VWs.
Some believe that this just shows why it is that there must be an even larger regulatory regime. That throwing more money at the issue, and by hiring more regulators, etc. will solve the problem. It won’t. The problem here is that car makers and regulators were essentially both in on the deal.
Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal of a fundamental disconnect between what she refers to as “elites” (I despise this term, many, if not most people in power I have met are not what I would call “elite.”) and their indifference to the pressures which come from massive immigration. She makes an important point. A giant increase in immigration flows isn’t going to really impact the circle Angela Merkle runs in, except that perhaps the people in this circle will be able to pay their gardeners even less.
This is a pretty extreme law, particularly for Spain. Did Franco rise from the dead or something?
The last time Europe “unification” was attempted.
Napoleon tried to do it. Hitler tried to do it. Both failed. Europe in the post medieval era has never been fully conquered. Europe has remained multiple states. Given that it is a continent defined by mountain ranges, peninsulas, and islands this makes sense. It is a landmass of cul-de-sacs. It is not a vast plain which is easily overrun. But now the eurocrats (many unelected) are trying to take over Europe via administrative means.