Monday 18 December 2017

The winds of change are blowing through Europe

Reformers should ally themselves with David Cameron to face down the Eurocrats, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

David Cameron and Angela Merkel.
David Cameron and Angela Merkel.
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

British Prime Minister David Cameron is galloping around the EU, trying to persuade its leaders to reform an institution suffering from sclerosis, democratic deficit and bureaucratic authoritarianism among many other serious diseases.

Many agree with him. Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, sums up the need to devolve power away from Brussels thus: "European where necessary; national where possible."

Last week, Dara Murphy, our Minister for European Affairs, said: "Much of what's being suggested and proposed to date by David Cameron would be to the advantage of all of the people of the European Union, particularly in the space of regulation and growth, so we are very optimistic that the UK will remain, as it should be, at the very very heart of decision-making in Europe."

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