In 2001, an interviewer asked Vincente Fox’ Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda:
Q: What about the Spanish model? Joining the European Union gave Spain a boost.
The answer is pretty obvious, if you think about it:
A: That’s what Fox essentially wants, the type of resource transfers that occurred in Spain and, before Spain, in Ireland, and, after Spain, in Portugal and Greece. The Germans were willing to build highways in Spain. Somebody else has to build our highways. We don’t have the money.
So, hop to it, you yanqui imperialists. :)