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Overall I'd argue that this is the main benefit of the EU from anywhere on the (sane) political spectrum: it enforces and/or encourages transparency and standardization of government policy, reducing the power of elites to keep a less beneficial (for the whole population) status quo.

Though Fitzgerald is being a bit misleading comparing the living standard of Ireland, Spain and Portugal at entrance to the EU with the current situation, since the joining of the Eastern European countries significantly reduced the overall average. Still, this is offset by the numbers for those countries.

by Anspen on Tue Jan 30th, 2018 at 12:29:16 AM EST

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