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Britain's intelligence ties with the US-which includes spying on other EU states-may undermine Europe's new defence policy

By Charles Grant   June 2000

One of the most constant features of the post-war geopolitical landscape has been the “special relationship” between London and Washington on intelligence matters. For all its undoubted benefits, this intelligence relationship is now grating against the drive-led by Britain and France-to create an effective European defence force. Something may have to give.

Most British officials see no contradiction between the special relationship and Europe’s new foreign and defence policy. Taking their lead from Tony Blair, they insist that Britain can be pro-American and pro-European integration at the same time. They assume that Britain can continue to enjoy privileged access to…

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