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A bigger, looser EU?

Do divisions over Iraq and enlargement spell the end to significant new EU integration measures? What next for Europe?

By Charles Grant   November 2003

Charles Grant (chair) The debate over the constitution is a good moment to take stock of the wider trends and arguments about where the EU is going. There is the question of common foreign and defence policies and transatlantic relations; there is the euro and the slow growth problem; there is the problem of how to make an enlarged, 25-state EU effective without making it even less legitimate in the eyes of European voters. There is also a new “à la carte” reading of events, with a particular resonance in Britain, that runs as follows: the combination of the geopolitical…

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