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UK Upsets the EU Apple Cart as Euro Crisis Stumbles On

Yet another attempt by the European Union to tackle the euro crisis led to an unexpected outcome at the Brussels summit of 8-9 December: a veto by the United Kingdom that could fundamentally redefine London's relationship with the EU.

Europe’s leaders gathered on a stormy, rain-lashed evening in Brussels on 9 December for yet another euro crisis summit – billed as the definitive “make or break” summit to save the euro. Yet by dawn, after a marathon all-night session, the European Union’s (EU) bleary-eyed prime ministers were looking, in some shock and anger, not at a rescued euro, but at a summit turned upside down by British Prime Minister David Cameron and at the United Kingdom (UK) standing on the margins of Europe, its ­influence and alliances in tatters.

The EU’s complex politics with 27 countries manoeuvring for advantage has produced some high drama summits over the years. But this one looks like a historic turning point both for the UK, and possibly for the future of the euro, and so of the EU itself.

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