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Thursday, Mar 25, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Simon Robinson
Time (8 March 2010)

“Let’s get one thing straight: Europe is a remarkably good place to live. Many of the E.U.‘s member states are among the richest in the world. Workers in Europe usually enjoy long vacations, generous maternity leave and comfortable pension schemes. Universal health insurance is seen as part of the basic social contract. Europe is politically stable, the most generous donor of development aid in the world. Sure, taxes can be high, but most Europeans seem happy to pay more to the state in return for a higher — and guaranteed — quality of life. “The E.U. offers an attractive social, economic and political model,” Charles Grant, director of the London-based think tank Centre for European Reform, argued last year. “It is more stable, safe, green and culturally diverse than most parts of the world, which is why neighbors want to join and many migrants aim for Europe.”“


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