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Core Europe and the United Kingdom: risks, opportunities and side-effects of the British reform proposals

Kerneuropa und Großbritannien: Risiken, Kompromisschancen und Nebenwirkungen der britischen Reformvorschläge

Ondarza, Nicolai von

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The EU is in the midst of completing one of its most delicate negotiations to date – the talks on the “EU Reform” with which British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to persuade the British to vote to stay in the Union. The heart of his vision for the EU is flexibility. Britain should be given the opportunity to cut loose from further EU integration and concentrate its membership on a deepened internal market. As such, Cameron is proposing to consolidate his nation’s existing special position within an increasingly differentiating Union. Concrete political considerations aside, the EU states must therefore find answers to two central questions in the negotiations: How much differentiation, how many opt-outs, can the European Union withstand? And how can a single market of 28, a Eurozone of 19 and more permanent differentiation be better managed? (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; Great Britain; European integration; EU policy; sovereignty; pressure-group politics; domestic market; Eurozone; reform policy; compromise
Classification European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 6/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications