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Can Delors save the EU?

By Manneken Pis   November 2003

Poland standing firm It is an article of faith in Brussels that the EU is based on compromise. What is less often said is that sheer bloody-mindedness also often pays dividends. The most obvious example was the way in which Margaret Thatcher handbagged her way to securing a British rebate in the 1980s. The Spanish have also always done well by their ferocious insistence on not leaving the negotiating table until they secure what they want – whether on structural funds or voting weight in the council of ministers. The latest country to adopt these tactics is, of course, Poland,…

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