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David Cameron, seeking to reassure business, international allies and moderate opinion, says his Eurosceptic agenda is not about leaving the EU, but about reforming it. Labour, seeking to reassure sceptical opinion, says its pro-European position is about reforming it. Even the Liberal Democrats, the most pro-European of the main political parties, rush to outline their… » read more

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Against everyone’s advice

(first published in the European Council on Foreign Relations blog) The closer europhobes think Britain is getting to an EU exit the bigger the body of evidence and the number of people advising against it becomes. You cannot blame them for feeling the ground disappearing under their feet. For far too long they claimed that… » read more

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With friends like this one does not need enemies, many have quipped since Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, announced her wish to campaign in favour of Mr Sarkozy, France’s President, ahead of France’s Presidential elections. Mr Sarkozy accepted and welcomed the offer, even though many argue such a partnership will do him more bad than good,… » read more

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A long time has passed since the days of Athenian direct democracy. Even though it certainly had its faults (women, slaves and non-citizens had no voting rights, for example) it is probably as close to the meaning of the word we ever got (democracy, loosely translated, means people power). Today’s democracy is of a different… » read more

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