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The post-Maastricht EU has its priorities wrong. Monetary union is more likely to divide than unite. Timothy Garton Ash bets on it not going ahead and proposes that Britain should launch a "second project" based around enlargement to the east and closer defence co-operation

There is one thing on which British Euro-sceptics and British Euro-enthusiasts agree. It is the one thing on which both are probably wrong. This is the common assumption that France and Germany are going ahead with plans for closer European integration, built around monetary union, to make a European union which deserves the name.

Euro-sceptics equate “federal” Europe with a Brussels superstate. Euro-enthusiasts are divided between those who still wear the old federal badge with pride and those who fight shy of it, both for tactical reasons and because the word “federal” means different things in different European languages. Yet…

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