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Should the E.U. Stick Together?

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. One recent debate covered: Should the E.U. Stick Together?

The British prime minister has called for a referendum on leaving the European Union. The president of Poland has suggested delaying until 2015 any decision about adopting the euro. When Britain, an “active member” of the union, and Poland, one of the newest member states, are both debating their involvement, it may be time to ask: Should the European Union continue as a monetary union, a political bloc, or neither? What are the obstacles to staying together, and what would be the obstacles to dissolving? [more]