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Posted on on January 28th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (

Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times of January 27, 2011:
“President Obama’s State of the Union address was a ho-hum affair. But the official Republican response, from Representative Paul Ryan, was really interesting. And I don’t mean that in a good way.”
His Title is:

“Their Own Private Europe.”

and he means – The Republican´s own imagination of Europe – and if you are less kind – the Republican´s manufactured lies about Europe conviniently produced so they can make for arguments in their internal American political battles.

Not very nice!

I write this from Vienna having observed that none of what Mr. Ryan said is actually the case – Professor Krugman is right!

Europe has problems but they are different from what Mr. Ryan says. The problems are because the EU is not united – as such the EU cannot stand up to US intrusions in its affairs. The UK is of split personality – it is in the EU but seems to like it better being in the US. That is something that we would like Mr. Krugman would pick up someday. He could ask Mr. Ryan if he would like to suggest an expansion of the US to include the UK?

Anyway – please see the link to the excellent Krugman collumn:

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