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Franco-German froideur

Imagine a world of Eurosceptic Germans and Frenchmen; where Iberians, Scandinavians and Brits set the EU agenda; where the European commission takes orders from the council (and obeys them) and where dirigisme is everywhere in retreat. Now stop imagining. We may be there already.

The Lisbon summit outcome was one symptom. But the Franco-German political scelerosis is a cause; and the recent turbulence around President Prodi an unfortunate side-effect. If Europe keeps going the way it has over the first few months of the 21st century, British Tories could even run out of things to complain about.

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