The strength or weakness of a country is its economy. The EU economy is in the doldrums. I doubt if it will emerge any time soon because if it does it will mean that socialism will have been discredited and cast aside.
Hungarians marked the brutal suppression of their democracy by Soviet tanks 50 years ago by rioting against their elected Government. In Italy, the Governmentâs credit rating was reduced to the same level as Botswanaâs, and Romano Prodi seemed on the verge of losing a vote of confidence, just six months after sweeping his reviled and derided predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, from power. The British Home Secretary welcomed Bulgarians and Romanians into the European Union by restricting their ability to seek jobs.