Monday, June 06, 2005

Europe is living way above its means

Europe is living way above its means

The welfare state is not well — it is more-or-less bankrupt on the continent. Sustaining six-week holidays, social programs galore, labour policies that asphyxiate potential, and shrinking work weeks is never easy, as Europe's fading economies reveal. It is telling that Angela Merkel, leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union and poised to win Germany's fall elections, grew up in East Germany. With any luck, Europeans still in denial will recognize that a successful social welfare state is not alive and well and living in Paris.

The frog and the ox

The most sensible American response to Europe's failure is to see it as an opportunity. An opportunity that is fraught with risks, to be sure, but one that would allow Europe to start down a more sensible path. There are signs that a similar revolution is stirring in Europe. There is a good chance that Mr Chirac will be replaced in 2007 by Nicolas Sarkozy, who claims to be more of a fan of the free market; and an even better chance that Gerhard Schröder will be replaced this September by Angela Merkel, a woman who backed the invasion of Iraq. The shake-up gives America an opportunity to find new friends and collaborators in Europe.


At June 06, 2005 10:25 PM, Blogger erp said...

The sentiments described in the updated fable of the ox and the frog match my own recommendations for U.S. action toward the EU.

We're far too polite to notice they've exploded all over themselves and we'll wait to see what they look like after they've cleaned up their act before hazarding a comment.

Difficult as it is, I will not snicker, not even a little bit.

Okay, maybe just a little one.

At June 07, 2005 10:11 AM, Blogger Kifaya said...

Thank heavens for the rock that is America. Anyone who thinks otherwise or predicted a different outcome other than the demise of the anit-US euro-weenies needs serious self-reflection.

At June 08, 2005 12:38 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...


If you haven't seen this yet, you might find it interesting:

Is Europe Dying?
by George Weigel

At June 08, 2005 10:20 AM, Blogger Fjordman said...

Don Miguel: No, I didn't see it. Thank you, I'll officially make a post with it :-)


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