The commentators 30-06-14
...on Britain and Europe
In the European elections, people cried out for change – not just in Britain, but across the Continent. They are intensely frustrated and they deserve a voice. I am determined that Britain will be the voice of these people. I will keep on standing up for our principles, fighting for Britain’s interests, fighting with all I have to reform the EU over the next few years. And at the end of 2017, it will not be me, our Parliament, or Brussels that decides on Britain’s future in the European Union – it will be the British people.
- David Cameron, Daily Telegraph
The belief that Brussels would constrain Berlin has turned out to be a dangerous illusion. It is a tragic paradox that an organisation built to hold back Germany has ended up giving the country more influence over her neighbours than at any time since the Second World War.
- Leo McKinstrey, Daily Express
The Prime Minister still doesn’t seem to understand that when it comes to standing up for Britain, it’s not simply about being willing to pick fights, it's winning fights that matters. What matters more than holding votes, is winning votes for change and reform. Last week David Cameron let Britain down. This week he needs to start changing his strategy and tactics towards Europe.
- Douglas Alexander, Independent
We should forget tipsy Jean-Claude Juncker. Our real EU enemy is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Initially, she agreed with David Cameron that Juncker was a useless candidate for presidency of the EU Commission. But then she supported the ill-regarded Luxembourger. Why? Because she could easily manage him and he suited her purposes better than the main alternative candidate who is her Socialist rival in Germany.
- Peter McKay, Daily Mail
I am not convinced that Juncker's appointment as president of the Commission does actually take us nearer to this fabled door. Nor doI think that Cameron has handled the appointment as badly as many pro-Europeans say, taking full advantage of the luxury of hindsight.
- John Rentoul, Independent
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