Stratfor writes an interesting analysis of the downfall of economic unions:
The European Union has taught us to beware of expansion. Newcomers can distract from the goals of core members, create new problems along the way and drag the bloc into unwanted political disputes. The fall of the Soviet Union and the European Union’s 2004 enlargement, which absorbed much of Central and Eastern Europe, gave rise to a host of new budgetary and immigration concerns for its original members. The bigger the bloc, the more difficult it becomes to articulate a coherent foreign policy. France and Italy, for example, are far more willing to patch things up with Russia than listen to Eastern and Central European pleas to keep sanctions in place and send more troops to Russia’s doorstep.
Much as Europe strangled itself with political alliances before the First World War, the world has now strapped itself together with mutual obligations yet again, this time of an economic variety. Like the first type of entangling alliance, these are popular for that “togetherness” feeling, but create a permanent state of compromise which loses sight of its original goals, and installs inter-dependencies which mean that no collapse can be localized.
As Great Depression 2.0 looms on the horizon, brought on by the utterly silly (but popular!) policies of world Leftism, it becomes more likely that these chains of nations will fall together, and leave only ruins in their wake. Again. Who said humans do not learn from history?