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The big ideas of 2016: pick-and-mix Europe

How can the EU resolve tension between expansion and integration?

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When he visited London in June 2015, Emmanuel Macron, France’s Economy Minister, said that Britain’s attempts to renegotiate the terms of its membership of the European Union were incompatible with the “common responsibility” of member states. Britain, he said, couldn’t expect to have a Europe “à la carte.”

The UK has negotiated opt-outs from various bits of European law ever since it joined the European Economic Community in 1973, of course. But while it is the member state with…

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