Monday, March 10, 2003

From USA Today comes word of the latest unrest in Germany. Next time you wonder why the German economy has tanked in such spectacular fashion, remember this quote:
About 20,000 Germans demonstrated in Berlin against a government proposal to allow shops to stay open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. At present, shops must close at 4 p.m. Labor unions say that most people have plenty of time to shop and that longer hours would keep clerks away from their families.
Imagine this on a much greater scale and you have an accurate picture of what the EU will be dealing with, economically. Nobody is going to revise their labor laws down in the EU. Rather, all the other countries will be expected to bring their laws up to Germany's standards of disincentive.

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