Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Battle Over The European Union Budget
Every seven years the EU puts together a seven year budget plan. It is usually a contentious process since some countries contribute more to the budget than they get back. This year it is more difficult than usual. The economic crisis in Europe is taking its toll. Britain has objected most strongly to increases in the budget. Things are tough in Britain and only 27% of the public feels attached to the EU. Attachment to the EU has also declined outside of Britain. 52% of the public does not feel attached to the EU. It appears that the most ambitious effort at political integration in history is threatened by the economic issues that are working against integration.