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Reader feedback: EU expansion advantages are long-term

Re: Religious values are for non-believers too, Reader feedback, July 12 - 18, Vol 10, No 27

I recently "interviewed" people in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Luzern, and Linz and I hear that people don't see any reason for the recent EU expansion. And in Bratislava and Prague one hears that joining the EU is going to up commodity prices and Brussels will come and tell "us" what to do and not to do. It is just a pity that most neither look at the past, nor at the future, but only at the here and now.

While some say that the 75 million newcomers are not affluent enough to be of much material use, I say that they bring with them room for expansion and development, right here within the (new) EU. While some say that we may as well reduce tariffs between the EU and a number of Asian countries, I say that we do better by using cheaper labour next door (now indoors) instead of on the other side of the globe.

I would add to that, that if we have a market so large that you can produce and market your product "locally", then export will be a nice bonus, but by no means a must; what I mean by this is that the impact of our currency (the Euro) going up or down will ultimately only be marginal.

Oscar, Radošovce, Slovakia

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