Johnny Munkhammar skrev på denna blogg från 2004 till sin död 2012. Bloggen är upprätthållen som ett minne och som referens till Johnnys arbete av Johnny Munkhammars minnesfond.

This blog was operated by Johnny Munkhammar from 2004 until 2012 when he passed away. This blog is now in a memorialized state and operated by the Johnny Munkhammar fund.
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04/12/2005 1:26:46 pm
German and French Capitalism. Last week, I attended a dinner with former EU Commissioner Mario Monti as the guest of honour. He gave an interesting speech with some new angles to the current debate. One point was a reminder that when Britain discussed whether to enter the EEC, several people in Britain feared that they would lose their "social model" with a big state. They feared that they would have to adapt to a much more capitalist Germany. In 1973, Britain became a member and was the poorest one. Now, Britain is one of the wealthiest EU members and France and Germany fear the "neoliberal" anglo-saxon model. What happened during this time are the Thatcher reforms which created a more capitalist Britain - and a more wealthy country. And of course several steps in Continental Europe away from their more capitalist origin to the model that was Britian′s for a couple of decades before Thatcher. Now, they are failing - as Britain was. We should learn from history. And many European countries simply have to learn from their previous successful societies.

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