What does the, eu provide, what are its advantages, would it be better to have a free trade policy?
I guess the main advantage from the EU is peace. Instead of having, during centuries, European nations going to war with eachother, they finally got into a bigger conglomerate.wolram said:What does the, eu provide, what are its advantages, would it be better to have a free trade policy?
the EU certainly does not support this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_UnionFree trade of goods and services among member states (an aim further extended to three of the four EFTA states by the European Economic Area, EEA)
I did say any country, not just member states.Anttech said:
What are you basing this on? Within the EU member states, there most certainly is free trade.
Ok, but that certainly fits with the point of the EU - to enable free trade between member states, while acting as a single strong economic entity for trade with the rest of the world. Trade is certainly a competitive game and being powerful is useful.wolram said:I did say any country, not just member states.
this page has a list unfair trade arguements.
My company sent a guy to Poland to recuit cheap labour, i doubt if the poorAnttech said:Actually I totally aggree with oxfam on this one, the common ag. policie is really really unfair.. and bad...
BUT in general the EU is a power for good, come back to this thread in a few years and see how much better the lifes of eastern europe are.
As for your point Russ put it well, thats the point of the EU.. Power of Large etc etc
Then i bow to your better knowledge, but the eu needs to be more transperant, the leeches need to be weeded out, and it should not beAnttech said:The poor will get richer.. They already are, I am reguarly in Krakow, Budapest, Sofia, Warsaw... And u can already see the difference, between now, and the old east block days. The new budget that was desided on recently, and that common arg. policie you highlighted was under heavy scrutany by member states, because if this mad unfair ideal was rid of it would release even more cash for the east. As it stands they didnt do so badly.. Just like Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal before Poland Hungary and other new member states WILL recieve help... It is happening right now!!!
This is indeed a danger with any centralised decision taking. But concerning the EU, there's not much centralized decision taking ! There's essentially a technocratical system that watches over the application of rules. I guess that in the current state, the most a briber could obtain is that these technocrats close their eyes over some rule violations. With the EU constitution in the dustbin, however, one cannot talk about powerful centralized decision. In fact, the EU is flying essentially on autopilot and has barely enough decision power to keep the engines running. Decisions of any strategic importance are still taken by the European Counsil, which is nothing else but the gathering of the 25 heads of state and prime ministers, trying to get an unanimous agreement over things - something that is increasingly difficult to achieve (hence the need for the constitution). There are few exceptions to this rule. The European central bank is maybe such an exception, in that it can autonomously decide over certain things (a bit like Greenspan in the US).BobG said:Europe is lucky, so far. The European Union has no controls to monitor lobbyists, but the EU is new enough that that hasn't become a significant problem yet. They might beat lobbyists to the punch by learning from the US - plus, Europeans campaign finance laws are different, reducing the lure of lobbyist campaign donations (maybe the US could learn something, as well - most lobbyist contributions tend to bolster a politician's campaign funds rather than line his own pocket).