look at the countries who didnt take the euro, like england. they do a whole lot better.
Also I'm not sure how you rate whether UK is doing better or worse. I've seen only the news how UK has had to cut everything lately, just like any European country. I'm not convinced that has anything to do with currency, but mainly that Western countries are producing less and less (everyone in West wants to become rich quick by playing with stocks, not actually producing anything), while Chinese are producing more and more. The work ethics have deteriorated in the West.
The UK has Greek-level debts, but the interest rates of Germany. We can manage the debts we have - the cuts are geared to do that. We also have a fairly robust manufacturing economy (albeit, not as robust as it was in the 80s and before, when we still relied on the Commonwealth for trade, instead of this sneaky, underhanded, constant edging closer to the EU).
The reason we're being forced to make such wide-ranging and drastic budget cuts in the first place isn't really anything to do with the EU crisis but the previous LIEbour's fiscal mismanagement policies. Something they suffered from in the 1970s when they bankrupted the country.
They spent all the money they had from taxes, and the surplus in the treasury. Then they sold off everything they could to generate more money for them to waste. Then they sold off the ENTIRE gold reserves at the lowest price in centuries in an already depressed market!! and wasted that income...and then they really started borrowing other people's money to spend and waste more.
They STILL haven't admitted guilt or that it was wrong. They never will.
Instead, they harangue the new government's attempts to put it right and rebuild the treasury at every chance they get, while never having anything to say about how they would tackle the £4trillion debt they left the country with....The Gods of the air, land and water help us next time they get into office. :\
And today (well, yesterday now) they announce another £96billion bailout for Greece. I wonder how much we're in the hole for that one :|
We really need that *&^%ing referendum soon....and this time, we're not going to keep voting until the "right" results for EU come up like Ireland and co voting many times on Lisbon Treaty until they got a "yes"...
We voted to join the common market in the 70s. Trade-only! Not the whole *&^!ing shebang of total integration. This bunch of clowns in our government since that vote have edged us closer and closer into something the public here does NOT want, nor need, despite their, and the EUs, claims to the contrary. We created (with Switzerland and Norway, and a few others) the EFTA in 1959, as an alternative to the EEC, and it worked then, and it still works now for the few that remain in it, rather than subsuming into the corrupt and greedy EU.
The EU needs the UK (well, specifically the UK's money) far, far, far more than the UK needs the EU, or its goods.
Screw the EU! Germany should just let it die, take their lickings from the resultant mess, admit it was a really bad idea at birth, and move on. It'll be painful, but not nearly as painful as throwing endless amounts of money at it every few months.