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The Eu

Fredrik Segerfeldt makes several of the familiar arguments for European integration: It’s contributed to peace on the continent, to intra-continental trade liberalization, and to deregulation. Fine. But how much of those contributions are the result of the EU’s being a free-trade area, and how much to its being a proto-state? In other words, is there a point beyond which “European integration” becomes a bad idea? And if it’s an all-or-nothing deal, do the benefits that we have already seen justify costs that are probably going to mount in the future?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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