No, but you could show a chart that emphasises living standards or disposable income. A chart in a way is misleading. It shows one ingredient in a pie, not the recipe to make it. But we both agree on this so...
The original argument was made based on GDP, so that's what I looked at, and for better or worse, GDP is the indicator that is most widely used.
Also, anybody who is interested in this can show different indicators. The data is only a fingertip away.
Well I gathered that by now. But it is the glue that keeps the continent from breaking apart and spreads the wealth more evenly. There is a reason why Baltic nations won't be leaving the EU any time soon. And even though I agree nobody will be living a wretched life without the EU, you can assured with the knowledge that living standards and personal wealth will be lower without it. Hense why every nation seems to want to remain in the EU since Brexit and not in a rush to leave.
I clarified because I felt you misrepresented my position. Nowhere did I say or imply that the EU is a "monster", for instance.
I've made it clear before that I think there are positive aspects of the EU and that I mainly oppose its consolidation into a unified state. There are both trade-offs and risks along this path which are hardly discussed or even mentioned.
Romania and Bulgaria have growth issue because their neibhours are not all part of the EU and also because Yugoslavia survived longer than the SU. The whole region was in turmoil until around 2000 and even now to a degree, not all of the balkan countries are in the EU/Pro-eu so the region itself is fractured. This causes issue for growth in Bulgaria and Romania.
Also, as of late, Ukraine turned in to a shit hole. This is a negative situation for their economies.
Right. Location matters, hence my point that the proximity (as well as closer historical ties) to Central Europe gave some of the Eastern block countries a head start and that they would have been attractive as trading partners and for investment and outsourcing even if they hadn't become EU members.