Analysis: German coalition talks take British turn on Europe




 
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Analysis: German coalition talks take British turn on Europe
 
November 13th, 2013  
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Analysis: German coalition talks take British turn on Europe
By Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - Is Germany becoming more British about Europe? While still incomplete, the European policy platform emerging from coalition negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) appears to be strongly sovereignist. Negotiators have even proposed allowing Germans to vote in referendums - previously taboo - on major decisions involving enlarging the European Union, transferring more powers to Brussels or committing more money at EU level. Merkel's allies say that plan, which would clamp a new padlock on European integration on top of national referendum requirements in France on further EU enlargement and in Britain on any more transfer of sovereignty to European institutions, is likely to be quashed.




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