Magazine October 17, 2011, Issue

Stumbles the EU Colossus

A man shows chestnuts collected in the Muggio Valley, near Lugano, Switzerland, October 10, 2007. (Fiorenzo Maffi/Reuters)
Chestnuts, anyone?

When I look out from my house at my land in France, I find myself now asking a very strange question: Could we live here in autarky? It is rather late in the day for us to become self-supporting peasants, but the shares in my French bank (the Crédit Agricole) have fallen by 55 percent since July 1, which could herald an even more total collapse. And the Crédit Agricole is not even the worst of the banks: Shares in the Société Generale have lost more than 60 percent of their value in the same period. Could foraging for food

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Anthony Daniels — Mr. Daniels, a retired doctor who worked in several parts of the world, is the author of Mass Listeria, a book about health scares.

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