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Reader feedback: Labels come off

Re: 2007-2013 EU budget - reservations emerge, Flash News, October 12

The thing I love about [the EU debate] is how all the labels come off. Parties like the KDH claim to be Euro sceptics who favour strong nation states with distinctive cultures. But as soon as you want to bring in Turkey and kill off the "super state" forever, they start twittering on about some sort of Europe that is rather like an expanded version of the Hapsburg Empire.

As a matter of fact, Turkey and the North African countries were an important part of that proto-European Union, the Roman Empire (which Latvia, for example, was not), and they have a history of conflict and trade across the Mediterranean that is as rich as any between current member states. I like the idea of that sea becoming a highway again, rather than a border.


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