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Europeans see themselves as mouse-sized. They need to man up

Posted by hkarner - 10. September 2016

Date: 08-09-2016
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne
Subject: Unshrinking the continent

LIKE all good B-movies, “The Incredible Shrinking Man” is deeper than it seems. After his body’s growth is sent into reverse by a wayward encounter with a radioactive cloud (yes, this is 1957), Scott Carey, the film’s hero, finds his relationships destroyed and his self-esteem dripping away. Richard Matheson, the screenwriter, said it was a “metaphor for how man’s place in the world was diminishing”. Today he might say the same for the old continent. Beleaguered by crisis and shorn of confidence, Europe seems to be shrinking by the day.

It might seem an odd time for such a claim. This week came news that the euro zone grew by 1.6% in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, and the European Union, lifted by a pre-referendum Britain, by 1.8%. This, as Eurocrats wasted no time pointing out, was a good clip faster than the United States. In most countries budget deficits are under control, and after years of austerity the euro zone is at last enjoying the mildest of fiscal expansions. Outside Italy its banks are in better shape. A pan-EU investment scheme launched, to much scepticism, by the European Commission last year is starting to show results. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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NICK CLEGG: I COULD NOT HAVE BACKED BREXIT REFERENDUM

Posted by hkarner - 10. September 2016

Date: 09-09-2016
Source: NewsWeek

clegg-ccThe U.K.’s former deputy prime minister tells Newsweek his coalition partners shifted to the right.

Nick Clegg has revealed that he would never have entered into a second coalition government that promised a referendum on EU membership.

At the time of the 2015 election, Clegg had not publicly ruled out joining a government that offered the electorate a vote on the EU. But he tells Newsweek in an interview to promote his new book Politics: Between the Extremes that he had privately decided against doing so.

“I realised that there was no way that David Cameron could wriggle out of this commitment to his party,” he says. “Equally, there was absolutely no way that I could ever consent to it, so I came to my own private view that I…me personally, I could never be part of a government built on what I thought was such a foolish referendum commitment.”

Clegg, who led the Liberal Democrats as deputy prime minister during their time in coalition between 2010-15 and now serves as his party’s frontbench Brexit spokesperson, says the Conservative Party veered dramatically to the right during the time his party shared power with it. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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