Europeans, though, should be careful what they wish for. Neither a U.S. retreat into isolationism nor a return to the pursuit of the narrowest of national interests would serve the world well.(9 September 2005, The Financial Times)

Philip Stephens

United Kingdom

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I cannot understand why America, where we are egalitarian and respect workers and reject class and caste, has become the tipping capitol of the world. Foreigners find it awkward and bizarre, and surely many of us do, too. I would love simply to pay bills without wondering about how much to add--10% at breakfast? Many people, in other countries, find the idea of tips demeaning. Why don't we?
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