Just say no-EU
Posted by aogWednesday, 11 December 2002 at 22:19 TrackBack Ping URL

So the Eastern European countries are becoming nervous about joining the tangled web that is the EU. I'm not surprised - Samizdata has been sounding on that theme for a long time. But it seems to be becoming clearer to the general public in Eastern Europe just what a decaying mess the EU is, and how much it will do to quash any glimmer of strong economic growth. All those countries really need is for the UK to pull back to just a free trade partner and then sign on for that (like Norway is currently). The only thing they'd be giving up is the potential for massive subsidies like other second tier EU members have received. That may not be much given the current budget problems plaguing Western Europe which seem highly unlikely to get better any time soon.