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Why we need to reach out to (some of) the Eurosceptics.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 4, 2011 in European Union, Irish Politics

Eurosceptics aren’t always wrong. Many of them rightly pointed out that the single currency would be threatened by the fact that it was not the currency of a fiscal union, and guess what? They were right. We were wrong. Yet I still believe in the Euro, and the European Union. See, I don’t subscribe to the hysteria of many of my fellow pro-Europeans that no EU means war. Such is the integration of Europe, war is no longer an option, and therefore no longer a rational excuse to justify further integration.

However, that does not mean that the return to the unhindered nation-state is in our interests either. Aside from the threat of populist politicians looking for short term solutions through protectionism (remember French farmers burning British lamb?) or favouritism for home producers, there is a far greater reason. It is, in short, the fact that we live on Earth. Read more…

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