Divorce, European Style

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Wonderful rendering of the relationship between Cameron and Merkel; that reminds us that countries have above all interests not friends.

Telegraph -- David Cameron and Angela Merkel: Is this the end of their affair?

Mr Cameron believed he had wooed his German maiden and won her over to Britain’s point of view. Then came his plan to introduce EU migrant quotas. Now he must remember that Mrs Merkel is a political realist first and foremost.

What I’m listening to. Handel: Solomon 

Quote -- Viscount Palmerston: “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”

Cough up. 

Telegraph -- The UK has to pay the EU what it owes, our reputation depends on it

Are we really going to throw out our centuries-long habit of keeping our promises over a measly one-off payment of €2bn?

A little correction. 

Project Syndicate – Britain’s Last EU Straw?

Is £1.7 billion ($2.7 billion) a lot of money for the British government to fork out? It is when it is a European Union budget demand that comes out of the blue.

The one foot in, one foot out European problem for Britain. 

Financial Times -- Cameron risks painting himself into an anti-Europe corner

Since he promised the British people an in-out referendum on EU membership, it has been widely assumed that Prime Minister David Cameron would campaign to keep the UK in.

 

 

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