Thursday, January 01, 2004

Foreign Affairs: Can the Irish Save Civilization?

Today Ireland assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union for six months. This is one of the few encouraging developments at the EU in recent memory. Unlike its continental counterparts, Ireland's government, under Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, has promoted lower taxation and deregulation as the foundation of its economic policy. The result has been faster growth for Ireland when compared to most of the EU. This enrages the EU bureaucracy in Brussels, which wants reduced "tax competition"--meaning higher taxes--throughout Europe. Ahern says he'll use the Irish presidency to promote deregulation in a number of areas. Here's hoping Ahern finds even some success.

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