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Old 21.07.2016, 23:50
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The Eastern European nations seem to be quite euro-skeptic lately,

That's only because of the refugees.

Well, OK, they realized that giving up sovereignty isn't a problem - until the rest of the club decides something that goes fundamentally against their values.
In that way, the refugee-crisis was a good catalyst.
They are also pissed about all the Southern-European nations essentially bumbling along with their financial and economic problems, "fixing" the money-market (negative interests) and potentially destroying everybody's future while they had to go through absolutely brutal efficiency and austerity-programs in the 90s and early 2000s - most of them would probably have bailed-out Greece once, at most and told them to go and die somewhere else after that.
So, this has come up before: there cannot really be a monetary, political and economic union without also a social and fiscal union.
I.E. Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and a few other countries would have to transfer billions into the poor Southern states, which no parliament would approve because it would be akin to political suicide.
Italy can't really govern or develop their much anytime south of Rome. It's really doubtful someone from Brussels could do it better...

For the foreseeable future, I believe that nobody in Europa has the will-power, the political (and electoral) mandate, the negotiation-skills and last but not least the charisma to tackle this very difficult endeavor. As such, politicians will continue to pretend that it's actually working as-is right now, which of of it isn't.
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