The coalition: what sort of relationship with Europe?
Résumé de l'exposé
Essai sur la coalition actuelle au gouvernement britannique et leur vision des relations avec l'Union Européenne.
Sommaire de l'exposé
I. Two opposite parties, two opposite ideas about Europe
II. How will they manage to get this king of Europe?
III. What are the limits of this Europeanism?
Extraits de l'exposé
[...] The budget and the rebate question Another reason that could limit this tendency to turn toward Europeanism is the European budget question. In 2011, the new budget will be discussed by the European leaders. But the fact is that Britain does not want the next budget to grow up and want to fight against the CAP. The 2011 budget, which is another matter, should also have increased by which David Cameron refuses. It has been reduced to of increase. But the new British government seems not to agree on this topic at all. [...]
[...] The fact the European policy since May 2010 is hugely criticised in the press, and that even more in the Sun and in the Times, but also by the Conservatives themselves shows a will for more engagement in the European Union. Nick Clegg is not only an icon of pro- Europeanism, but also a tool for the new government to improve its relationship with the European Union and to manage to get the Europe they want. Looking for a closer relationship with France and Germany? To get the kind of Europe they want, Britain uses the image Nick Clegg gives to the world, but it cannot only base its policies on the impression he gives and on an attenuated Euroscepticism. [...]
[...] Is the coalition program enough? As already noticed, the coalition program is mainly the same as the Conservatives' manifesto. Then, it is largely eurosceptic. This is a real problem if Britain wants to become the leader of Europe and to reform it. Indeed, how a country seen as eurosceptic could improve its relations inside the European Union? The fact is that this is necessary now. Hopefully, the coalition program is not entirely eurosceptic. Indeed, David Cameron wants to be ?active and energetic? in Europe. [...]
[...] What is noticeable is that on one side, the conservatives stand as the opponents of the European Union, and on the other site, the Liberal Democrats want to be more involved than ever in it. How did they manage to reach their agreement? As a coalition was needed in government, neither of these parties could keep their own idea about Europe. Concessions had to be made. That is why they reached an agreement. The fact is that there is a division between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, not only between euroscepticism and pro-Europeanism, but also between a will to become the leaders of Europe and a will to reduce their engagement in it. [...]
[...] Cameron's eurosceptic policy The major reason for this lack of pro-Europeanism is in fact David Cameron himself. Indeed, he is clearly eurosceptic in his approach towards Europe, and this before he even began his campaign for the elections. The fact he left the EPP to create a Europhobe and nationalist party with eastern countries was not appreciated by the European leaders, which are in the Populist Party. The appointment of William Hague as Foreign Minister is not less a symbol of Europhobia. [...]
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