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Nicholas Leonard: Sceptics seizing on crisis in bid to renegotiate EU relationship

Published 04/07/2011 | 05:00

Here's an intriguing question: what would you think is the most effective way of offering a bribe of billions of euro to the British prime minister, David Cameron, and his coalition government to persuade them to make a radical change in their financial policy?

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Would you send a letter to 10 Downing Street marked 'Very Strictly Private and Confidential' or try to find a trusted go-between who could reach Cameron on a secure telephone line and set out your proposal?

It is hard to imagine that you would simply set out the terms of your bribe in an article for a Sunday newspaper but that, somewhat bizarrely, is what the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, did at the weekend.

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