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Cameron’s Europe

Blair failed to get Britain to come to terms with the EU. Could David Cameron do it?

By Anand Menon   February 2006

The Conservative party has, over recent weeks, resembled nothing so much as a highly public group therapy session. Prominent figures have lined up to step forward and confess to past wrongs. And David Cameron has promised faithfully to do better, abandoning Tory shibboleths in health and education in his attempt to move the party to the centre ground of British politics.

No such confessionals, however, have occurred over Europe. In fact, quite the contrary. The decision to pull Conservative MEPs out of the European People’s party grouping in the European parliament, thereby isolating them from the mainstream European centre-right, was…

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