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Thursday, May 18, 2006

France Gets Special Treatment

Whilst the likes of me may have a problem with the vision of a Kum Bi Ah united Europe, and we don't like the idea of rule by Brussels, it doesn't mean that we necessarily think that everything the EU does is bad. In general I am infavour of free trade, liberal markets and freedom of movement. Where the EU makes movements in these areas, I cheer the philosophy if not the methods. Unfortunately, the EU fails to live up to even its own rules.

The European Commission declared Tuesday that France did not violate internal market rules by promoting a mammoth merger between two French energy companies, disagreeing with complaints by Italy that the deal was engineered to thwart a bid from an Italian rival.
A blatant piece of economic nationalism from the French, is waived through. So the French get to ignore bits of EU law that they don't like, whilst forcing their choices down our throats. Why am I not surprised.


James.R.Skinner said...

Typical French....but what do you expect from a nation that was voted the most arrogant country in the world?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand you euroskeptic Brits!
If you are a nationalist yourself, then shoudn't you support French nationalism?

The principle is simple: the more French nationalism wins, the more Europeanism loses; simply because that's the case with any country in Europe. The more nationalism we have in general, the less Europe we get.

If the Commission had supported Italy's claims, then that would have been a victory for the European internal market and for Europe as a more integrated economic and political entity.

So, you should be happy that nationalism won in this case. It reduces the risk of "Euro Serfdom", as you call it.

Serf said...


But I believe in free trade, not economic nationalism.

AntiCitizenOne said...

Anonymous, we don't want to hide in "fortress" europe with it's dying socialist economies, we want to trade (and thus be wealthy) with the entire world.

FranceSucks said...

Don't forget the scam/merger of KLM and Air Fwance. After consolidating their monopolies and raising prices they posted record profits last year. This approved by the same commission that blocked GE's merger with Honywell and constantly is filing complaints against MicroSoft.