We are told that this will be the year Brexit is set in motion. That could be good or bad, depending on your perspective. But in any event, we are overlooking a serious point. The problem with “Brexit”, as shorthand for “British exit”, is that there is no such place as Britain.
Once upon a time there was a Roman province called Britannia, but it did not include Ireland, or Scotland north of Hadrian’s Wall. What does exist today is a state called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is not a nation state like France or Denmark.… Seguir leyendo »
The European Union was conceived in hope: hope that peaceful, law-based integration would exorcise the demons of the Continent’s past and embed democratic norms and institutions in its political culture. That hope has come closer to realization than anyone could reasonably have expected when the process started 60 years ago. The centuries-old struggle for mastery between France and Germany has come to an end. The fascist regimes that once ruled Portugal, Spain and Greece have disappeared, as have the Soviet puppet regimes that once ruled 10 nations in central and Eastern Europe.
But these achievements are now in danger. Thanks to the euro zone crisis — and the mixture of political sclerosis and financial turbulence that have accompanied it — we can no longer take for granted that the democratization of Europe is a done deed.… Seguir leyendo »