Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
It also "predicts turmoil in Parliament, public disagreement among members of the Cabinet, probable changes in Cabinet personnel, and movements to increase the power of the voters over the political system." I could have told you that. The economic boom, not so much: I suspect the astrologer, who takes a very UK centric view of the world, has forgotten that all those departing immigrants also produced much of Britain's wealth.

I read through all the comments and surprisingly few were specifically astrological, easy enough to skip!
I was pleasantly surprised by how much common sense there was to be found, even with a large variety of opinions about this thorniest of issues, how to break up, stay friends and see each other every day across the channel fence.
Greer's belief is that large modern superstate political configurations are doomed in spite of their promise of increased efficiency a.because they were designed in a period of steadily waxing western economies using the near-free ride of easily extracted combustible energy and b. because they demand servility and deliver homogeneity, a one-size model that deculturates traditional national differences and fails to successfully shoehorn them all into harmony of shared interests.
As memories of the horrors of WW2 recede, the fear-based arguments for the EU's inception and continued existence correspondingly wane in the electorate's awareness.
So what is left as cohesion inducement?
Macron's vision, when his own country voted him in out of fear and is rapidly losing faith in his policies?
He has already served as hatchet man for business interests at the cost of workers' rights, his attitude to Italy has become rancid lately and his hypocrisy on immigration while his own banlieues are simmering in racism is making him as unpopular in the rest of Europe as he is in France.
His eager readiness to enter the fray in Syria, while never apologising for Sarkozy's blunder's having caused much of today's immigration overload, is revealing enough for many to see who he is and what he stands for.
Germany is losing its fear of being the Bad Guy and what anyone else thinks about it, while the sheer mass of its economy steadily colonises the rest of Europe through debt and worry about Chemnitz and what that might mean if something doesn't shift.

Maybe Wagenacht will be the next Merkel.

Maybe Salvini will go down in the polls with his new legal problems.

I think Greer is right about globalism and huge superstates that promise much and fail to deliver a dividend of safety against a repeat of the hard right future deja vu we see erupting these days.

Brexit or Bremain? Frying pan or fire?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Sep 8th, 2018 at 08:37:13 AM EST

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