Andrew Stuttaford in The Corner finds an interesting article from The Guardian on the EU’s attempts to shove the ICC down the throats of Eastern Europe. Discarding the clear and evident biases of the Guardian it is clear that the EU’s insistance on joining the ICC puts Eastern European countries in a bind. They want better connections to the US, but EU membership is also important for them.
Stuttaford also makes the very astute point that the leadership of the EU is perfectly willing to deal with the ex-Communists who decimated their economies and kept the people of Eastern Europe under an Iron Curtain of repression. While the EU’s common market seems attractive, a more sensible common market arrangement between Eastern and Central European countries like the Czech Republic and Russia might in fact be a better deal that living under the yoke of the Eurocrats.