Britain and Europe, divided by more than a channel
By Michael Gerson,
Under the strain of the debt crisis, Europe is revealing cracks it has long tried to plaster, paint and ignore.
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent veto of a tighter European fiscal union brought angry criticism. Some continental legislators called for a European Union without the inconvenience of the United Kingdom. French leaders, with their own country’s credit rating under threat of downgrade, tried to direct the attention of rating agencies to British economic failures — a blame-shifting strategy practiced by guilty children on playgrounds everywhere. “There are few more comic spectacles,” responded the Daily Mail, “than Frenchmen throwing fits of Gallic pique against the victors of Waterloo.” In hours of national need, England still turns to the Duke of Wellington. History persists.
Read the full story here: The Washington Post
- Britain Divided Over E.U. Treaty (npr.org)
- Debt crisis feels far from Europe’s small towns – The Washington Post (tiarelounge.wordpress.com)
- Britain ‘risks pygmy status’ over EU stand (smh.com.au)
- Cameron’s Europe deal bad for Britain: Clegg (thetimes.co.uk)