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Freedom of Movement Restricted

The intransigence of the European Union with respect to freedom of movement of people now lies exposed as morally and ethically hollow in the light of its conduct with India. The same insistent EU refuses to actively apply similar rules of the game of free movement of people in the global arena, which raises the question of solidarity and principled conduct.

Britain's Global Chickens Coming Home to Roost?

The British political establishment has juggled to keep three balls in the air: an internationalised economy, international politics and internal cohesion. Every now and then a political party may drop one and trigger a national crisis. This time around it appears that all the three may have been dropped at the same time. National debt, war, austerity, falling wages and regional disparities were issues central to the leave or remain decisions. They were overtaken by one single issue: immigration.

Calcutta Diary

Immigration of ordinary labour from the poor to rich countries fouls up the ethnic mix; but some kinds of immigrants, scientists, and such others even of poor countries are allowed in. James Tobin has suggested the payment of a tax to the poor country for every such person. If the principle is conceded, why not then concede the legitimacy of the demand for the liberal movement of all labour from the poor to rich countries?

The British and the Euro

Two out of three of Britain's population, it seems, are opposed to joining the Euro. It is not at all clear why. Meanwhile the great events are being celebrated with solemnity and rejoicing elsewhere, a return to the Roman Empire (the last time Europe had a common currency), while the British sit outside the doors of the party, glum and resentful.

Contemporary Europe:Complex Themes

Divided Europe: Society and Territory by Ray Hudson and Allan M Williams (eds); Sage, London, California, Delhi, 1999; pp xii + 313, price £ 16.99.
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