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Der Spiegel reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned David Cameron at last month’s EU summit that she would no longer try to keep the UK in the EU if Cameron sought to impose quotas or a cap on workers from other EU countries, as opposed t…

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As we’ve noted, the Juncker-hangover is already taking hold in parts of the German commentariat. In a hard-hitting piece, Lisa Nienhaus, the Economics Editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung argues that the EU “needs more Cameron, not les…

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The knife in the battle over the next Commission President has just been twisted a little deeper into David Cameron’s side.Both Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt and Dutch PM Mark Rutte today announced that they will not seek to block Jean-Claude Juncker fo…

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There’s something quite ironic going on in all this Cameron-bashing over Juncker. The charge against Cameron in Europe (and also at home) is often that he lacks principles. That he’s pushed around by backbenchers or pursues narrow tactical personal or …

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Relations between Berlin and London are potentially about to become a lot more complicated.The Tories raised some eyebrows last week when they allowed the Finns Party and Danish People’s Party – two parties with controversial histories, but who, ac…

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Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt is today hosting David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Dutch PM Mark Rutte, in Harpsund, Sweden – a recreational estate for Swedish PMs throughout the years. The summit apparently features a trip on the “Harpsundsekan” – a worry…

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We pointed out on Friday that a powerful coalition between media and politicians was forming in Germany in support of Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next Commission President and the Spitzenkandidaten experiment more generally. More worryingly for Ca…

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Die Welt’s Economic Editor Tobias Kaiser has an opinion piece in today’s paper entitled entitled “Stay with us, Brits”, in which he argues that:“Berlin needs London as a partner in the fight for fiscal reason [in the EU].” Kaiser highlight…

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