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The trouble with Europe: a conversation with Roger Bootle

Britain has a future in the EU—but on certain conditions

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Last year, the economist Roger Bootle published a book entitled “The Trouble With Europe”. In an interview with Bootle in May 2014, I suggested the book wasn’t an “artefact of standard-issue euroscepticism”—this wasn’t Farageisme “pur et dur“. But Bootle did argue that the European Union is a “malfunctioning construct for today’s world” that, he believed, “needs either to undergo fundamental reform or to break up.” 

Bootle has now published a new edition, substantially updated to take in a number…

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