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Less is more

After the procedural wrangle in Nice, the EU must start to do less. Otherwise it will not be a club worth joining

By Nick Clegg   December 2000

The great tortured European debate is becoming ever harder to decipher. What are we to make of Jacques Chirac’s “reinforced cooperation,” Joschka Fischer’s call for the “constitutionalisation” of Europe, Romano Prodi’s defence of the “Monnet method,” or Tony Blair’s enthusiasm for a new “second chamber”?

To pick one’s way through this undergrowth of rhetoric, it is necessary to understand that two different timescales are in play: some issues relate to the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) designed to streamline the EU’s decision-making prior to enlargement, which is set to conclude at an EU summit in Nice on 7th-8th December; others refer to…

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