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The (Crumbling) Temple of Europe

The (Crumbling) Temple of Europe

With a number of European countries facing a severe crisis, and other European countries still deciding whether and how much support they should give, this might be a good time to remind ourselves exactly why and how the decision to unite Europe was made in the first place. Will these values prove enough to weather the storm, or is the structure we've built too flimsy to hold?

29 May 2011



Comments

Tjeerd Royaards: You're right. I stand corrected, sir. :-)

31 May 2011

The outcome of the promises is indeed mediocre (at best), but the promises themselves were very lofty.

29 May 2011

A temple built on the foundations of mediocre promises

29 May 2011

A very complex matter compressed into an understandable cartoon.. indeed a great achievement! And a good cartoon of course!

26 May 2011

I like it so so much...my vote

26 May 2011

I like the whites in the books, looks brilliant and increases the the contrast.

24 May 2011

Thanks, Pavel, Rania and Gianfranco. I was a bit worried the subject would be too complex for a cartoon, but as it provoked a discussion, I think it worked.

24 May 2011

Hello Tjeerd ! Me like your cartoon because you try to defini a very long and complex period of time in political,economycal and historycal areal. Is not easy but is exciting as way. One cartoon
insted 100 of books...

24 May 2011

Thanks Tjeerd, both for the reason and the smart cartoon.
And thanks also to Spiros for the exciting debate.

23 May 2011

nice cartoon and interesting discussion! I enjoyed it :)

23 May 2011

That's why we have the comments... to ramble on!

23 May 2011

You might well be right....but although I'm pretty cynical about most things, I do still have a shred of faith left in the European project. Primarily because it is such a special project, the first and only in human history where the powers that be have voluntarily given up sovereignty to a higher power (Europe). In all other instances anywhere in history it took war to that (although you cna argue that in the case of Europe, it took two world wars ;).

Sorry for rambling on a bit, this is my political sciency background in action.

23 May 2011

Like the IMF, it started on a noble principle to help people. Like the IMF, (hell, like most of the political parties anywhere), they were hijacked to catter to bankers and financiers instead of general populace and actual needs. Maybe it's time to start over, properly this time.

23 May 2011

And I meant 'partly'...one of these days I'll have our programmer add a function that will allow people to edit their comments ;)

23 May 2011

Party agree with you, Spiros, but to state is was no more than an economist's wet dream is not true. The biggest reason to start Europe was, in fact, the desire never to repeat the atrocities that characterized the first few decades of the 20th century. The political realities of the day dictated that the project start top-down with economic integration first, but many politicians of the time had the long term goal of creating a European polity.

Until the 1980's there was something called 'permissive consensus', and European polls consistently showed a broad support for European integration among the population of all the member states. It went wrong in the mid-80's and 90's, when more and more was being decided in Brussels and the democratic gap was becoming very apparent and wide.

23 May 2011

This is a stack of books that seem to have benn never read, sadly. The Euro project was a top-down economist's wet dream, with the actual political unification never graced with actual planning or consideration. That's why when put into referendum, country after country trashed it-the people never believed (and were hardly asked) that all this was about them

23 May 2011

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