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*** EDITOR’S NOTE *** Deciding to take British Conservative MEPs out of the mainstream centre-right EPP-ED Group risks becoming David Cameron’s “clause four moment” in reverse, as modernisation and change is sacrificed to Eurosceptic pressure from the right-wing of this party. The Conservative Party should choose allies abroad with beliefs that are consistent with Tory… » read more

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Briefing No 3: June 2006 In our first two special CGE Briefings on the Conservatives and the EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament – published in January and March 2006 – we looked in detail at the nature of the Conservative MEPs’ deal with the Group, and showed how there was no credible alternative to… » read more

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Briefing No 2: March 2006 Meet the new Allies: Alternatives to the EPP-ED Group Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Brussels in late January to talk to potential allies about putting together a new conservative grouping in the European Parliament. By all accounts, the visit seems to have proved rather frustrating. He found that few,… » read more

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Briefing No 1: January 2006 1) The Conservative MEPs’ deal with the EPP-ED Group The Conservative MEPs sit in the large centre-right EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament. The terms of membership give our MEPs the advantages of being part of by far the largest political group – in which nearly all major centre-right parties… » read more

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