Why the European Union Is Less than Ideal

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Disunion A protester in Berlin equates the euro with tyranny

A moment that encapsulated the hubris of the European elite came during the Netherlands' 2005 referendum on the European constitution. Journalists discovered that the yes campaign was planning to show where a rejection of ever closer union would lead. It did not plan to offer images of politicians having to cope with an unwelcome setback but of the railway track to Auschwitz and of the Srebrenica massacre.

Public outrage forced the organizers to pull the campaign broadcast. But the incident offers a telling illustration of the dogmatic state of mind shared by many proponents of federalism....

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