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A paradox about globalization — that energetic, free-wheeling word to describe the shared experience of people, commerce, and ideas across borders — is that its success is not measured by movement, but by inertia. If the benefits of greater “one world” integration are tangible, then people will stay put. They will not vote with their feet; they will grab an armchair. Today, the European community, and the world, grow ever more panicked over the future of their union and its debt crises. This weekend, Greece heads to elections whose results will determine whether Europe’s bailout has any democratic support. The primary reason for this sense of urgency and unified effort is money; Greece, Italy, and Spain are all too big to fail.


Kayyem, Juliette. "Fears of Migration Add to Europe’s Woes." Boston Globe, June 14, 2012.