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The real target of the majority voting row is not the Brits, but the Spaniards

By Manneken Pis   January 1999

Majority voting: the real story

So who was responsible for Oskar Lafontaine’s bombshell about getting rid of the British veto on taxes by moving towards majority voting? Step forward the German who really runs Brussels, the permanent representative, Dietrich von Kyaw. He tried and failed to get Theo Waigel, the last German finance minister, to press the cause of majority voting. Now he has succeeded with Oskar, the man who answered the British media’s prayer for another Euro-hate figure. For the next three months, von Kyaw will be the most powerful man in Europe, charged with driving forward the German…

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