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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future by Yanis Varoufakis

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CHAPTER 5

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

I had a friend once who would attend parties only to whine about how boring they were. It is not difficult to draw a parallel with Britain’s attitude to the European Union. Both major parties, Labour and the Tories, have for years been tearing themselves in shreds over the European question. To this day, the imperative of maintaining open communication lines with Euroloyalists and Eurosceptics across Britain’s political spectrum makes British officials visiting Brussels behave like my friend: they would attend everything in order to declare their permanent dissatisfaction.

Margaret Thatcher, from the Right, and Tony Benn, from the Left, both demonstrate why Britain’s opposition to the European Union is founded ...

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