British Prime Minister David Cameron's vision for the Europe Union is blatantly self-serving. His promise to let the Brits vote on EU membership is designed to ensure his own reelection. But his plan for a leaner and less intrusive union may also win some friends on the continent.
The EU should be open, free, flexible and the UK will be part of it, says the British leader at this week's Davos forum. But 'I don't want a country called Europe,' he adds, as Tory back-benchers push the prime minister to call for a controversial referendum on British participation in the 27-nation union.
The US and Europe are handling their fiscal crises with political brinkmanship, resulting in piecemeal solutions. The US seems to have adopted German Chancellor Angel Merkel’s much maligned step-by-step approach to problem-solving. Politically, that may be the only choice.