Time is right to put Cameron on the spot

Steps must be taken now to stop the British prime minister’s EU speech causing further uncertainty throughout the Union.

The reaction in continental Europe to the opening of the campaign by David Cameron to shuffle off many of the United Kingdom’s European Union membership obligations has been variously interpreted as “hostile”, “non-committal” and even “emollient”. Inevitably, Cameron’s British supporters drew most comfort from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remark about the need to find “fair compromises”. The more astute might have realised that Merkel was signalling the start of negotiations that are pencilled into Cameron’s diary for only the second half of 2015.

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