January 31, 2013
Cameron's Great Sense of Timing
Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld
By announcing his intention to renegotiate Britain's relations with the European Union and submit the outcome of the negotiation to a referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron has caused turmoil among his European partners.
Cameron's critics have invoked petty, ulterior motives to explain his move: With the polls showing a marked erosion of his popularity, the UK Prime Minister may seek to enhance his chances at the forthcoming elections, scheduled for 2015, by convening a referendum that 60 percent of British voters are calling for.
It would nonetheless be simplistic and misleading to regard electioneering considerations as the driving force behind the prime minister's stance; a more profound objective is at stake. To brandish the possibility of...
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