I'm not going to shed any tears for Berlusconi's political demise, that's for damn sure. Corruption, scandals, being known as a collossal jackass, almost like Boris Johnson
but scarier and with real power, none of these brought him down. It was the humble economy that pulled it off.
The UK isn't doing brilliantly, but compared to continental Europe...actually, it is. We're in a much better position than even the likes of France or Germany because our currency isn't going to sink. If the Euro implodes, it will hit us very hard, but the others more so because they're in it. Eurosceptics will be screaming "I told you!" but really, we need to help our friends and trading partners out. Ireland has the same problem Greece does, of massive issues with actually claiming tax from people. Seriously, the number of Irish who have been done for tax evasion is ridiculous, and corruption is worn on the Greek economy like a warm fur, impossible to remove and very comforting (to those wearing it).
The issue with Italy, for those who don't know, is one that's been known for years - the economy is too big to bail out. Greece is much smaller, so it can be bailed out, just. Italy cannot, and its interest rate levels have risen to the point where it's struggling to avoid national bankruptcy.
Adding to that, continental Europe was almost continually at war for the middle half of the last millenium - 1300s to end of the 1900s, it was war, war, war, all the time amongst everyone! Look it up, some interesting history there, actually, even beyond the obvious (Napoleon, Crimea, etc)
edited 10th Nov '11 10:02:03 AM by CaissasDeathAngel
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