Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

More French/German bully tactics. How's that spite taste Gerhard? Time for that TAFTA idea to start being whispered by the Administration.

Germany is reviving plans for a two-tier European Union – leaving Britain and Spain out in the cold in anger over the Iraqi crisis, it was confirmed today.

The details will be set out in a speech in Berlin on Friday by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder – and his scheduled dinner in London tomorrow night with Prime Minister Tony Blair is unlikely to soften his tone.

The “two-speed” Europe idea is not new; it has been mulled over in Paris and Berlin every time a policy difference casts Britain against the continental mainstream.

But Britain has repeatedly resisted being left in the European slow lane, and will not welcome any suggestion of a European “hard core” group driven by France and Germany – particularly one seeking to drive a wedge into the EU on the basis of policy towards Iraq.

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