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The Tory leader tries to placate his sceptical troops by picking symbolic fights with Eurocrats. Sound familiar?

By Anne McElvoy   December 2009

Twenty years on from the fall of the Berlin wall, and the Europe that emerged from the rubble still brings trials for the two main political parties. This month, David Cameron discovered that navigating the politics of EU treaties involves more tricky corners than even the most serpentine of Conservative leaders can deftly navigate. Yet how he will deal with the practicalities of a post-Lisbon EU remains unclear, hence his carefully phrased “enough is enough” response: the tone hostile, the commitments vague.

A genuine sceptic, the Tory leader thinks Lisbon is just more EU integration pushed by hook, crook and…

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