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The next Labour leader should take a forceful and positive line on the EU

By Anthony Giddens   November 2006

For the past year I’ve been taking part in a project on the future of the EU, concentrating on the “social model”—Europe’s systems of social protection and welfare. The experience has brought home to me how different Britain is from most other EU countries. If you are working on “Europe” in Britain, you are outside the mainstream of policymaking.

During his ten years of power, Blair has not managed to change this very much. He wasn’t prepared to risk pushing for Britain’s entry to the euro early on, when his standing was high. He has unhesitatingly leaned to the US,…

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