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Toeing The Line

Estonia also voted on the EU today, but there the issue was not the Euro, but whether to join the EU at all. The ‘yes’ side won, for reasons that are entirely understandable (it’s cold outside – and history has shown that the Baltic neighborhood can be very rough indeed). At the same time, it’s difficult not to feel a little sorry that the free market path chosen by this brave country is now going to have to run through Brussels. One small sign of what is in prospect comes from the fact that, at the EU’s insistence, Estonia is having to reintroduce agricultural subsidies. Tallinn’s free market pioneers scrapped them years ago.


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