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Is Europe Cracking Up?

mercantilist Wrote: Mar 28, 2014 8:35 AM
There are two prominent reasons for the formation of large nation states that have less force today. At least in Western Europe there is less need to be part of a big country for national defense. Things generally have been peaceful for several decades and NATO can be joined for collective defense. Second trade agreements are common. The EU is one way to be part of a big free trade zone. But non EU members (such as Switzerland) has reached trade deals without giving up as much sovereignty. Giving up protection of citizens through abandonment of the control of immigration flows is something that while supported by business troubles many people.
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