David Cameron

European pew poll.

The EU has serially failed people. Increased union was forced against people’s will with majorities in the Netherlands and France voting against the constitution that reincarnated undemocratically as the Lisbon treaty. A currency was designed to force political integration for political purposes. In hindsight the Eurosceptic Britons who nevertheless love Europe have been right almost …

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British euroscepticism is European, too.

Good analysis by Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh and Quentin Peel over at the ft. Germans and Dutch do welcome British pressure to offset the French interests. Especially since Cameron changed tack late last winter with the budget renegotiations. And indeed with the electorate pressing for change this really is a huge opportunity for Britain to show …

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My take on the UK’s trident debate

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/the-great-british-nuclear-conundrum/ Seems to me that unnamed US official is more representative than assumed, but they probably don’t want to taint the debate too much. Having Americans say no to something lead many recalcitrants in Europe to want it just for that reason. Trident is based on the UK seeing itself much more divorced from the …

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EU, Immigration, Romania, Bulgaria, David Cameron and European coalitions.

I am hopeful now that Cameron has had a positive experience in Europe that he can rally another coalition on this topic and alter existing agreements. A Bulgarian friend once told me he felt their country wasn’t ready to join the EU when it did. That the prospect of membership is what pushed reforms. That …

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More on Cameron’s victory and the sad new EU budget

Most important is that the electorate in the north has asked for less spending in Brussels and is getting that. A scenario in which EU spending had increased while national budgets are cut drastically was totally unpalatable. The criticism leveled against the compromise is all excellent and true, we will rue trading in a progressive …

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