“This book has lots of interesting facts about the history of the founding of the European Union as well as other amusing anecdotes. But besides that, Reid's assessment of the European Union is hardly balanced at all. He constantly boasts about the socialistic model of the EU while failing to acknowledge any of the EU's weaknesses and challenges for the future. There is little commentary on the high amount of taxes Europeans pay for their social benefits programs, nothing on Europe's protectionist policies for European business, nothing on Europe's highly regulated labor market, its bloated public sectors, or its immigration problems.
Nope. According to Reid, everything is just fine in the EU. And so like I said, interesting facts and tidbits, but his these of the ending of American supremacy as a superpower is thrown very loosely together. I could appreciate some of his arguments more if he made any attempt at all to talk about the economic reform desperately needed in Europe as well as its problems with population decline which is being precariously filled with immigrants who are being very poorly integrated into European society.