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All of the EU's big, awkward decisions are now being postponed until 2009. Perhaps by then there will also be agreement on having fewer commissioners

By Manneken Pis   February 2006

Waiting for 2009

By the end of the British presidency of the EU, just 34 per cent of Britons supported their country’s European membership. Only one nation emerged as more Eurosceptical—Austria, which has now taken over the presidency.

With Austrians suspicious about EU enlargement and its consequences for jobs, alarmed at efforts to liberalise the market in services and hostile to Turkish accession negotiations, Austria’s centre-right chancellor, Wolfgang Schüssel, will find himself boxed in. Austrian elections are due in the autumn and Schüssel will put domestic politics first. In the spring, EU states must decide whether to continue labour market…

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