Try going round with the European Constitution in your pocket and you'll be walking with a limp after two hours: It's 511 pages, which is 500 longer than the U.S. version. It's full of stuff about European space policy, Slovakian nuclear plants, water resources, free expression for children, the right to housing assistance, preventive action on the environment, etc.
Dear God. Was Giscard smoking hashish when he wrote this monstrosity? The EU has itself made sure that it'll never surpass the US in economic power. Steyn:
CIA analysts predict the collapse of the EU within 15 years. I'd say, as predictions of doom go, that's a little on the cautious side.
EU implosion before 2020? I tend to agree. I assume that projections of population growth don't take into account population flight. So, we'll witness a faster rise in the percentage of Muslims in Europe. Many folks either because of economics or culture or both will leave the EU with most or all of their assets and will be, most certainly, welcome in places like Australia, Canada, and the US. This will immediately worsen the economic and cultural condition of the EU.
Until the shape of the new Europe begins to emerge, there's no point picking fights with the terminally ill.
President Bush has no intention of doing so.