I don't see the future of either the UK or the EU as particularly rosy at the moment.My way forward on this thread is to only address the subject, rather that get waylaid by the Clown talking about early byzantine church music (or somesuch).
So. The future if the EU!
Not exactly rosy, is it?
BoJo and his government need to wrench their attention away from Covid 19 and realise economic recovery is the priority. The number of Covid 19 cases is going up, but the number of Covid 19 deaths is not. The government needs to put out firm guidelines.
- Individuals must take responsibility for not transmitting Covid 19.
- 2 metre separation + masks in public places
- Over 70's back in self-isolation - that's the age group from which most deaths come.
- Furlough scheme to end in October - most of those still on furlough won't have jobs to go back to, so best to get the pain over quickly.
We are fortunate in only having one government (at Westminster, despite the delusions of Wee Nippy). If that government gets its act together, we can take swift steps that are purely in the UK's interests.
The EU will not be able to act so decisively. What action is takes will be indecisive - because not all nations will stomach decisive action. And anyway, the EU will split between the fiscally prudent north - who will want the south to bear the bulk of the Covid financial pain - and the south, who will want access to the magic money tree.
The European Commission is sure to make a power grab - demanding even more power from the member states. Which will predictably stoke up further resent at the EU.
And the German Constitutional Court may throw a hand grenade into the works by upholding it's decision on the illegality of the ECB's QE program. Which will throw the euro into crisis.
Personally, I'd say the UK is heading into a serious financial crisis - which will require BoJo to develop some testicular fortitude if we are to put out of it relatively quickly.
I'd also say the EU and euro are heading for the intensive care ward - which they may not exit alive; or if they do, emerge permanently crippled.