December 3, 2005

NAFTA BECKONS:

Blair and Brown hatch plan to make France the EU villain (David Rennie in Budapest and Toby Helm, 03/12/2005, Daily Telegraph)

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown launched a dramatic move to isolate France in the EU budget row yesterday as eastern European nations indicated that they might accept British proposals to cut their funds from Brussels.

In a clear attempt to paint President Jacques Chirac as a brake on reform and the only leader unwilling to give ground, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor insisted that reform of Europe's bloated farm subsidy regime - which France opposes - was a top priority for the EU and world trade.

Mr Blair's demand that France agree to change the Common Agricultural Policy at the World Trade Organisation this month came as he spelled out which part of the British rebate he is prepared to sacrifice in order to secure an EU budget deal.

British diplomats said the Prime Minister wanted to contrast his willingness to compromise with French intransigence in EU and WTO talks - in order to put pressure on the French over CAP reform.


There's an easier way to isolate France--break the EU.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

This may be the first step in the breaking of the EU: get everyone else to sign on to something the core weasels (France, Belgium, Spain, Germany) can't live with. Make 'em an offer they can't accept.

Posted by: Mike Morley at December 3, 2005 6:42 AM

I like that headline: "hatch plan to make France the [...] villain". Since when do you make someone a villian by telling the truth about them and their actions? And when did telling that truth require hatching a plan?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 3, 2005 2:25 PM
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