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France and Germany unite to push Britain to EU sidelines

Publié par Clifford Armion le 10/01/2009

Charles Bremner

"France and Germany are planning a new treaty of friendship and an array of other joint schemes that could push Britain to the sidelines in Europe, according to sources close to President Sarkozy.

"The plan to put Paris and Berlin back at the heart of the stalled European Union covers defence, immigration, a new industrial policy and a drive to loosen what the pair see as Britain's grip on the European Commission.

"The revamped Franco-German axis may include the permanent assignment of ministers in each other's Cabinets. The initiative would exploit Britain's situation, with Gordon Brown weakened and distracted by next year's general election and the decision by the Conservatives to quit Europe's main centre-right grouping, the European People's Party."

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"France and Germany unite to push Britain to EU sidelines", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2009. Consulté le 02/03/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/france-and-germany-unite-to-push-britain-to-eu-sidelines