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Ambiguity about the final shape of the EU is no longer helpful to the European cause. It is time for clarity

Ambiguity is not a crime in politics. On the question of Europe it has enabled governments to agree on sensible measures such as the single market, without having to agree on the eventual goal of the “European project.” Margaret Thatcher and Helmut Kohl agreed on what was needed at the next summit-because they did not have to agree on ultimate destinations. But the moment may be arriving when ambiguity hampers rather than helps the processes of Europe. Even supporters of European integration are asking: where will it all end? What is la finalit? politique? What eventual balance between the nation…

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