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Timmy elsewhere

From the New York Times:

A number of American commentators have looked at Finland’s current economic troubles as a clear sign that what ails the eurozone is far deeper than profligate spending by the Greeks. Paul Krugman has made that case at The New York Times, Tim Worstall at Forbes and Matt O’Brien at The Washington Post.

Bit alarming to be called a septic rather than sceptic. Alexander Stubb does not agree of course. But then the things that make newspaper articles, eh? Member of the EU Great and Good does not agree with eurosceptics.

12 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. I had go stop reading halfway through. The same old mantra being chanted into the face of reality. “Diplomatic influence”, ” long term”, “structural reform”, “competitiveness” and of course near-12% unemployment (youth unemployment will be far higher) is a “rough patch”.

    The Eurozone’s leaders will be blind to it all until it comes and bites them personally. It’s ironic, but if we’re looking for Eurozone leaders with a genuine understanding of its problems we should perhaps look to Greece.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    ” It’s ironic, but if we’re looking for Eurozone leaders with a genuine understanding of its problems we should perhaps look to Greece.”

    Not really, they think staying in the EZ is the best option, coupled with being supported by other EZ countries’ tax payers picking up the tab.

  3. Yes, that’s the septic bit (rhyming slang, septic tank, tank rhymes with yank, thus an American is a septic)

  4. The eurozone is just a magnificent amplifier of the defects of any economy that joins it. Even perhaps Germany’s.

  5. “making Finland…more powerful on the world stage”

    Why? Why does Finland want/need to be “more powerful on the world stage”? Is it worth it?

  6. Rob, I suspect Finland wants to make itself more valuable on the world stage so as to dissuade the Russkis from having a pop.

  7. Rob,

    And it isn’t even true that being in the EU makes Finland more powerful. It only makes the EU and their cadre of slimy shits in each member nation more powerful. Finland has to say what the EU tells it, and Finland only has a portion of influence on deciding what the EU will be saying.

    If Finland wasn’t in the EU it could be sitting at international tables representing itself.

  8. Hmm,

    I’m thinking we need a taxonomy:

    EUsceptics, eurosceptics, and €sceptics.

    The first is the, well, “the EU, as designed, is a monster”.

    The second, “any European grand integration project will flounder on the fact that European nations are simply too different in the way they behave and the way they want to behave.”

    And, obviously, “the Eurozone nations are so far from being an optimal currency area that any currency structure around them will eventually collapse through internal pressures.”

    They are clearly not exclusive, although the second is probably the strongest (and the first is the most obvious. Well, to rational people!)

  9. I have concerns about about what happened to Greece

    You are a Little Englander, and scared of outsiders

    They, UKIP, are xenophobes

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