Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It appears that being in charge is hard work

This FT Editorial is bang on the money when it describes our friends/competitors on the economically in-Continent,
The core eurozone countries – Germany, France and Italy – find it difficult to reform when times are bad. Invariably, governments intervene to protect voters from the downturn. Worse, these countries also find it hard to reform in good times. Governments often confuse a cyclical upturn with a secular improvement, and ease up on necessary but uncomfortable reforms.

1 comment:

Georges said...

Nice find. Too bad they ran it on New Year's Day.

You do know the EU is more than happy to launch any number of reforms as long as there is no adverse effect on: the environment, social cohesion, delocalisation, employment, the elderly, the young, healthcare, that governmental control which still exists, left-handed citizens, right-handed citizens, other-handed citizens, trade unions, etc, etc.

In other words, as long as there is no meaningful reform reform has a home in the EU.