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  •  Europe often seems far too timid (2+ / 0-)
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    northsylvania, Dauphin

    for my tastes (not unlike the Democratic Party). It is fallacy to believe that the economic crisis is somehow seperate from everything else done by the Bush administration. Bush has been aided in his recklessness by Blair, Berlusconi, Sarkozy, Merkel(and don't forget Poland). I'm glad to see some independence from 'across the pond' but (like the Powell endorsement) it's quite late.

    Love that "power of the purse!" It looks so nice up there on the mantle (and not the table) next to the "subpoena power."

    by Sacramento Dem on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 11:58:38 PM PDT

    •  We have to agree first... (0+ / 0-)

      It's a common misconception in America, the EU is not as united as you think or as we'd like to be.
      You'll remember there was protest to war in Iraq here, a.o. from France and Belgium. Only other countries, like the UK and The Netherlands supported Bush anyway.

      It's extremely hard for us to find a stance all members can agree on. Well unless you start threatening our stockmarket, then we manage ;-)

      MILITANT AGNOSTIC : I don't know, and neither do you!

      by subrosa on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 01:04:34 AM PDT

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      •  When the pain gets great enough (2+ / 0-)
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        Creosote, subrosa

        I'm sure the EU will abandon the idea of unanimous consent. It is a bit galling that we can't get that kind of action against torture, secret prisons, or illegal invasions, but we can when the threat is to the stock-market.

        Love that "power of the purse!" It looks so nice up there on the mantle (and not the table) next to the "subpoena power."

        by Sacramento Dem on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 02:35:36 AM PDT

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        •  God I hope so (0+ / 0-)

          but since the Lissabon treaty has been rejected, we have to start all over...

          It's just so very frustrating.

          MILITANT AGNOSTIC : I don't know, and neither do you!

          by subrosa on Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 03:55:25 AM PDT

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