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"So what happens when you combine disparate European countries, with a variety of cultures and languages, one made-up currency, a global financial meltdown, and a social safety net that offers workers 30 weeks paid vacation, full pension at age 26 and cradle-to-grave chocolate?" Jon Stewart asked on yesterday's Daily Show. Cue: Video of rioters.

Of course he's referring to the European Union, where topsy-turvy elections managed to install both Communists and neo-Nazis in Greece and a socialist in France. Europeans are pissed at austerity measures -- and are responding in elections appropriately. If only they could un-elect Germany from its de facto dominant position as the continent's largest economy.

 

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