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Subverting the euro

It’s odd what gets people annoyed in Brussels. Your correspondent inadvertently provoked fury in some visiting German academics who suggested that it is “inevitable” that Britain will join the euro and that “you just need time.” Without meaning to annoy, I remarked that it is far from inevitable, given the state of the opinion polls. This display of myopia in the face of the grand sweep of history caused irritation-“You think Britain can stay out, do you? Just try and sell your exports in ten years’ time.”

Ruminating on this odd conversation, I concluded that the Germans…

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