March 25, 2007

Happy golden anniversary, European Union

Fifty years since the Treaty of Rome was signed by the six original EEC members. It is now now a proud beacon for many people around the world, an example of how to go about nation building and establishing democratic institutions. Be it the former fascist Mediterranean dictatorships or former communist Eastern Europe, there was really only one path forward: join the EU - meaning reforming your society along western, secular, democratic and pluralistic lines - or be doomed to be stuck in a morass of social, economic and cultural stagnation, whether you are nostalgic Serb nationalists, malodorous Flemish racists or bigoted Polish homophobes.
Now when is New Zealand joining?

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