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The useful and the trivial

My analysis of Cameron’s current EU negotiations was published this morning in Europe’s World:

David Cameron seemed pleased with himself earlier this month when he stood up in the House of Commons and finally announced the details of the draft deal for his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU – a draft that will dominate discussions at this week’s European Council. But what should we make of the proposed deal? In reality, it offers few surprises. It’s a mixture of reasonable improvements, trivial tweaks and irrelevant details. But that said, the proposed reforms may just help Cameron persuade more in his badly divided Conservative Party, and indeed a segment of the British public, to remain in the European Union.