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You underline a very important point with your mention that "it was [not] Blair's intention to scupper the Budget or to keep the Rebate in its current form, but to take back some victory with him from Brussels."

Victory in Brussels for any UK government means something for the UK. Victory for the continental countries means something for Europe. This is the fundamental distinction between the UK and the core EU. (And yes, I know that France et al. fight for their national interests. The point remains. The only national victories that will ever be claimed are those against the UK. You will never hear - "we beat the Germans")

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 26th, 2005 at 02:28:52 PM EST
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