Discussion in 'Gravel Trap' started by mjo, Oct 24, 2011.
The gnomes of Zurich rule.
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Complaints that the EU allows individual countries to set their tax rates? I thought that one of the reasons people want to leave is so that they could do things like set their own rates of tax.
It seems that Hunt and Johnson both want to join the race to the bottom as it will raise more revenue: until the next country decides to undercut us, of course. The trouble is that the EU allows member states to behave just as they like.
If we were a large enough market the Japanese would have kept the car factories here as it would be advantageous after brexit when we charged them import duty; but we are not and that lack of size is going to be a problem when we are trying to get trade agreements.
I wouldn't be surprised if people blame the EU for freedom of movement next.
After Maastricht it was the only way to solve the EU governance issues. Either a common market with very little regulation or a full blown United States of Europe.
You can't do it by half measures.
The rights and wrongs of either option are a separate debate entirely.
The Union attitude I find puzzling as they have in my head always been anti EU due to the threat of jobs being lost to cheap foreign labour, the wage suppression problem, the outsourcing of manufacturing to overseas companies especially in Eastern Europe and several other reasons.
There are a lot of leopards scrubbing at their spots here.
The other problem is that what was once a decision that had supporters on both sides of the house has now become even more polarised.
We have most of the Tory party wanting Brexit and then every other party wanting to remain as their official policy.
This means if you are a Labour leaver you are going to be very confused.
The mess gets even more messy.
Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson will love it.
Ursula von der Leyen confirmed to head EU Commission
The United States of Europe (as she let out on one occasion some time ago). Truth also is, many people leaning towards liberal agenda are hopping mad this morning over her appointment. Truth also is, in November she will be solely on her own, without Chancellor's helping hand. All what I can say, good luck, Ursula. To quote P. Harris (quoting her mother): Don't let them to tell you who you are! You tell them who you are. Period.
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Current Commission is on the job until end of October, so there was time to reset the process. Somehow in the paella of views cool heads prevailed, and she came on the top as a substitute for fellow party "Spitzenkandidat" Weber, when he withdrew his nomination.
Dangerous margin that. Apparently 52% should lead to 3 years of arguments, proverication and ultimately huge calls for another vote so that people can change their mind.
That's call life when people are searching for solutions, and leaders are short of those. This all in era when political scientist are seeking how to correct excesses of capitalism without falling into trap repeating mistakes of the past. When I scan UK political scene, just as US, I would be careful critique Brussels too much.
Germany's Angela Merkel at 65: The chancellor who defined an era | DW | 16.07.2019
This girl is still holding strong, despite some recent health concern. Many happy returns, Angela,
Quite often thinking out of the box helps us to understand evolving parameters of the change.
Izumi the United States of Europe is not thinking out of the box, it's old hat and it's delusional
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