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I'm not sure that this describes the conditions in the EEC ca. 1990 when the Maastricht Treaty was conceived.

In the Neurozone, there can be only one.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2013 at 04:43:46 PM EST
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Nor am I, but it seems likely that most of the elements, especially the potential power of the economic interests, were in place even if some the players were uncertain as to how successful some of their efforts would be and others would have been horrified at how things would unfold. In the USA the rollback of regulation that occurred late in the Clinton Administration was the result of long term efforts that had been ongoing at least since the '70s.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 at 10:27:21 AM EST
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