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Good News: EU Budget Talks Collapse

Greg1084 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 7:55 AM
Agriculture has always been the means of maintaining acceptance of the centralized state in France even going back to the absolute monarchy. And when the regime begins to crumble, the amount of resources and attention given to the periphery will be sacrificed in order to maintain support in the cities. Discontent will grow in farming areas and gradually encroach on the cities, where, after a while, money and the ability to confer favors and appointments will wane. Conflagration.

I have a bit of good news today. The efforts of European Council president Herman Van Rompuy to mollify the UK and other budget hawks have created such a stir that France rejects EU budget compromise.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French prime minister, objected to deep cuts to agriculture spending included in the proposal, but also expressed displeasure with reductions in the development money, known as cohesion funds, that benefit poorer regions.

The biggest object of displeasure...