(2) Thu Jun 16 2005 18:46 Twist and Turn: I'm reading that the French farmers are blocking the new EU budget because they stand to lose massive EU farm subsidies. This is the same block of voters who wouldn't ratify the constitution because they wanted to protect their industry. Come on, Jean-Pierre, you can't have it both ways. Wiggleworms.
Posted by Rachel at Fri Jun 17 2005 15:15
They are just antagonistic. They like the EU budget as it was circa 1970 bc most of it was going towards ag subsudies to them via the C.A.P. They are opposed to the EU in general bc they want to have protectionisms against cheap imports from ie Poland. But the Polish need the euros more than they do!!
Posted by Alyson at Sat Jun 18 2005 12:07
So, France fears that its standard of living might be compromised on behalf of another EU nation? Complicated business.