Tuesday 16 January 2018

Jeremy Warner: Cameron veto took focus off yet another EU failure

YOU wouldn't believe it to listen to the fulminating indignation directed at the UK from across the Channel, but David Cameron did the eurozone's political leaders a favour last weekend. By refusing to sign up, he managed to create a convenient Aunt Sally for Europeans to throw stones at and diverted attention from the summit's failure to come up with anything remotely credible to address either the single currency's existential crisis or the gathering economic slump.

The latest in a long line of supposedly 'make-or-break' summits, it was in truth no more momentous than any of the others.

What was agreed was some minor strengthening of the Maastricht framework for governing monetary union, although some aspects of the original "stability and growth pact" have actually been watered down.

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