I don’t know how many, but is having lived there for around c.40 years adequate to give my experience/opinion some credibility in your eyes? How much time have you spent in Europe? For the sake of simplicity you can just round it up or down to the nearest ten years.vink2 wrote:Very funny, thanks. Which European countries have you visited so far?
40 hours is commons sense, anyway. Unless you want to retire early.
Why do you suggest ‘40hrs is common sense’? Why do you believe the government should dictate how many hours a man can work, even if he wishes to work more than the legal maximum?
Is it? In that case why does it have a president, a currency, EU-wide laws, a parliament and an anthem? Aren’t these things that states have?vink2 wrote: To add to your negligence, you probably need to know that Europe is the set of separate countries, not states. With local law system and ability to exist any union at any time. EU is subset of this set. Eurozone also subset backed by the strong economies - that means that in the worst scenario the Euro currency will decease and they will back to local currencies.
I’m surprised that you think a country can exit the EU. After all look at what happened to Greece when they threatened to exit. They received the political equivalent of a knee-capping for daring to think so independently. After all, if Greece had have exited and then flourished outside the EU, what kind of message might that send to other EU members. (One is reminded of the death of Admiral Byng*, an innocent man executed ‘Pour encourager les autres’, i.e. to encourage the others who might be thinking the same way. No, Greece was all but economically destroyed by the Germans, to send a message to any other member having similar thoughts. The Germans even managed to displace the old prime-minster (Papandreou) and get ‘their man’ in. How neo-colonialist is that!? Isn’t it ironic that Greece was the birthplace of democracy, and also the first state in the EU where it was subsequently well and truly killed off.
Where are Norway and Switzerland other than the two richest countries in Europe? Do you think it a coincidence that neither of them are members of the EU?vink2 wrote: Dude, where would you be without Europe?
Hehehe... funny!vink2 wrote: Companies align their behavior with the law. Also it is unusual for Europe to fire in 1 hr., but to prevent this, additional law exist. And why did you mention Japan I have no idea. And what do you know about Europe? I'm quite sure nothing. Probably you visited some popular tourist destinations like UK, France.
‘Unusual to fire in 1hr’. You have made a generally correct observation, but you do not seem to have considered what the consequence of it are. I’ll give you an example. In France it so difficult to lay-off someone that wherever possible a company will do without hiring additional staff if at all possible. It is not that unusual to go to a small restaurant (say space for 50), and the one waitress, is the chef’s wife. Let’s hope you aren’t in a rush to receive your food eh? So the flipside of your vaunted job-protection, is there aren’t ‘any jobs’ created at all. An example of the law of unintended consequences, or, achieving the polar opposite to that desired.
As it happens I haven’t been to Poland (as much as I would like to), but I do live on it’s doorstep. I don’t know what economic measure you are considering to describe it as a ‘powerhouse’. What I do know is that you will find a huge number of Poles in the UK, and one of the major reasons because they are often very industrious and well-educated people, and there are more opportunities for people with such a hunger to advance, at least in part because the UK is not bound by the Working Time Directive.vink2 wrote: Have you ever been in Poland, for example? It is new European powerhouse.
Here, I can recommend a book for you. This will educate you on the political founding of the EU (I’ll give you a leg-up, it was the vision of Frenchman Jean Monnet, who conceived it as a geo-political counter-weight to the ‘over-dominant’ United States)
‘An Awkward Partner: Britain in the European Community’
http://www.amazon.com/An-Awkward-Partne ... ref=sr_1_3
And ironically I also found this book, which I expect might also interest you....
‘Poland Within the European Union: New Awkward Partner or New Heart of Europe? (Routledge Advances in European Politics)’
http://www.amazon.com/Poland-Within-Eur ... ref=sr_1_6
*‘Byng's execution was satirized by Voltaire in his novel Candide. In Portsmouth, Candide witnesses the execution of an officer by firing squad; and is told that "in this country, it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others" (Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres).