I was at the Palo Alto theatre watching an old movie… Roman Holiday with Audry Hepburn, when she said something that caused me pause. In the movie, she plays a young princess who sneaks off to just be a free spirit for a day; but then returns to her duties. Where she is asked about European Affairs. Her answer (and the question) could be asked today about substantially the same problem and with substantially the same answer being the “preferred” one. Some things never change…
AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT [speaking from the crowd] Does Your
Highness believe that Federation would be a possible solution to
Europe’s economic problems?
ANN. I am in favour of any measure which would lead to closer
cooperation in Europe.
Looks like the particular fantasy that “closer cooperation” or integration or “Federation” will solve economic ills has been around since at least 1953. You’d think after 1/2 Century they would have figured out it doesn’t do that. (Heck, you’d also think they would have figured out how to avoid financial problems…)
So is it time we started talking about Angela Merkel being on a Roman Holiday?