The future of Europe?
Let's stop asking what the future of Europe is, and turn things around. The future of Holland/France/UK? Does anybody really like those people? Of course not. Nobody likes the French. Nobody likes the Dutch. Nobody likes the English.
At least the English have something going. They have talented people in a service economy that is more or less working. They worship a royal family and have profound social divisions. They have a privileged class and a proletarian class. The latter lives in horrible conditions but seem to like it. They can buy housing but the land will always be returned to the lords after about 100 years. They don't watch news and they don't read newspapers. They get their information from horrible tabloids. Their cooking is among the very few in the world to be less appetizing than Dutch food, their depression is such that their drinking habit have become indecent by any standard. It's really not a place where most developed people want to be. They built their fortune on colinies and slavery, and just lost the last bastions of their violent empire to China. They still have trade agreements with desperate islands and even fought a war against Argentina to claim a shitty piece of rock with a couple of English pubs in Argentina waters. The English press did not have the balls to write about how Margaret Tatchers's son was not called to serve in the Falklands. His position at the time made it obvious that he should be fgihting too, but he wasn't. Now, we found out that he was conducting very desperate business in Africa trying to start civil wars and control leadership changes in african countries. Quite disgusting, but maybe Mugabe is right about the English.
Anyway, for now, England is no more than some kind fo province of the USA. Blair and Bush play a role, both trying to show that they are two partner countries, but in reality Blair has no say at all. If the english people had a say about anything, they would not be in Iraq. On the other hand, with Campbell there, they could have forced the tabloids to turn the British public opinion to suit Bush requests. It would take about 72 hours.
Better so. The USA are for now the greatest nation on earth. The UK really aren't. France isn't either, and the Netherlands, if they disappeared, nobody would notice. We would have less electronic junk. No other advantages.
So the future of Europe is without those three bad apples. The future of Europe is East, and at this point Germany is left as the largest power in Europe and firmly integrated in the EU. It it risgh so. Sfter the War, Germany has assimilated some of the best characteristics of American democracy. In some areas they are doing better.
Economically speaking the Germany are still thinking 19th century, but they are stiill decades ahead of the French and the Italians. The Franch opposed the European constitution because they think it's to liberal. They want the cheap flights out and back to Air France reserving the right to travel to a few elite members. We as Europeans don't want the French model. We don't even want their influence. Trust me, your life would be hell if you lived their system. Everybody strikes every otehr day. No economic growth. Heavy astte manipulation in economics. Nobody can do honest business, you always need some kind of mafia approval.
What we need here is th let the most dynamic eastern nations take the lead and show us the way. Germany should learn and at the same time provide the means. Another country that is incredibly efficient is Spain. Those are all powers of the future. As for holland, I would act immediately to take power out of their hands. This is where we need an iron fist in Europe. Take all investment and funding out of Holland, France and UK. Move to the East. Every Euro spent will have a higher return.
Take away investment incentives from Holland. There's only one way, open loopholes in German law to offer banking advantages similar to those in Netherlands and UK, eventually offer tax breaks or even passage to tax free zones. This would kill Dutch and English banking. Even better, work out a deal with Luxemburg, which could become the Delaware of the EU.
Take away tourists from holland. There's only one way: temporarily practice a drug tollerance in towns near Dutch border, and prostitution houses. This will kill Dutch tourism.
The future of Europe needs an iron fist. Not populist referendums. If we had to go with those votes, men would vote against women voting rights and we would have the death penalty all over Europe. We need a strong Europe, closely allied with the USA and eventually Russia.