Tuesday 21 November 2017

Wake-up call needed to save European project

• I believe in European integration but, sadly, Europe is in desperate need of a wake-up call regarding the twin dangers of both micro-management and the strict adherence to their policies.

The history of the world, and in particular of the Mediterranean region, has shown us that pursuing these ideas too zealously can lead to disaster. Think of what happened to the Roman Empire when it tried to both micromanage and push its policies in the Middle East and North Africa instead of allowing local client rulers to rule areas and peoples that they knew far better than any Roman. Rebellion and revolt were the result.

Or we could take a look at the American War of Independence. The British Empire remained while it did not interfere too much and allowed the states to govern themselves. It was only when it tried to micromanage the colonies without the colonists' input -- "taxation without representation" -- and then later try to coerce them -- The Quartering Acts of 1765 and 1774 -- that the states successfully revolted.

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