Focus on Europe
Is America turning European in its inability to deal with crises? asks The Economist. We look at comment on this as well as on the current debate in the UK about whether Britain should stay in the EU.
For the last three years, America’s leaders have criticized Europe’s management of the euro crisis, but they should take a closer look at their own situation, writes The Economist.
… America’s economy may not be in as bad a state as Europe’s, but the failures of its politicians — epitomised by (the) 11th-hour deal to avoid the calamity of the “fiscal cliff” — suggest that Washington’s pattern of dysfunction is disturbingly similar to the euro zone’s …
© The Economist Newspaper Limited, London (5 January 2013)
Later this month, Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to make a speech setting out his views on Britain’s relationship to the EU. Britain should not leave Europe, because the European Union is a beautiful idea, writes The Observer.
… Obviously it is less than perfect in reality. But the notion of Europe's nations coming together to forge a common destiny is inspiring — an exemplar of how different countries sharing the same continent and many of the same values can enrich themselves and their peoples. Engagement, exchange and openness are virtues that underpin any civilisation. …