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http://blogs.ft.com/brusselsblog/2009/05/pro-eu-tories-snipe-at-cameron-and-his-pis-poor-policies/ Pro-EU Tories snipe at Cameron and his “PiS poor policies” May 29, 2009 10:13am The closer the European Parliament elections, the sneakier the stratagems of British centre-right politicians and activists in Brussels. As David Cameron made clear on May 18 when he launched the election campaign of his opposition Conservative party, the Tories are… » read more

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Tragic, unwise: Conservative grandees turn on David Cameron over plans for European Union Lord Brittan and Lord Patten attack alliance with hard-right Polish and Czech parties Friday 29 May 2009 21.30 BST www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/29/david-cameron-european-union-grandees A group of Tory grandees and former ­senior diplomats will tomorrow launch a devastating attack on David Cameron‘s flagship Eurosceptic policies, warning… » read more

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The euro-critics currently seem to be doing rather well, though the elections to the European Parliament will show whether they are simply good at grabbing the headlines, or whether they can in fact mobilize voters. In the current spotlight Europe, “It’s hip to be a euro-critic,” Isabell Hoffmann and Franziska Brantner of the Bertelsmann Stiftung… » read more

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European election: Brussels braces for big protest vote Extremists stand to gain seats in the Brussels parliament as a result of voter apathy and anger over the economic crisis www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/19/european-elections The EU’s credibility and legitimacy look set to suffer next month when its sole exercise in direct democracy is expected to see voters spurn the… » read more

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British Tory MEP condemns party leader over EPP-ED opt out The Parliament Magazine 25 March 2009 British Tory leader David Cameron has been condemned as “ridiculous” for pulling his party out of the EPP-ED group. The blistering attack, from one of his own MEPs, comes in the wake of Cameron’s decision to cut loose from… » read more

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 20:50 GMT 21:50 UK from BBC website Head-to-head: Should Tories quit the EPP? Conservative leader David Cameron’s pledge to break with the European People’s Party in the European Parliament is threatening to cause a rift in his party. He says the Conservatives have little in common with the EPP’s… » read more

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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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