Talk of isolation and an exit from the European Union has been exaggerated – that is the message being put forward by the British government and others as Prime Minister David Cameron defended his refusal to sign a new EU fiscal accord.
Although there are splits within the coalition,the government is reaching for some positive spin.
Speaking during a trip to Washington, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague sought to play down the crisis: “Europe can develop in a way in which there are overlapping circles of decision-making, and not every nation has to participate in everything.”
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also added her thoughts: “I think that the role that the UK has played in Europe will continue. We of course welcome that. And our concern has not been over the position that the UK has taken. It’s whether decisions made by other members of the eurozone countries within the EU will work and we want to encourage that.”
But while some in Germany see good relations between London and Berlin surviving in the long run,
French President Nicolas Sarkozy firmly believes Cameron’s use of the veto has created two Europes.