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Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | 13/12/2011

Jonathan Powell on Cameron's big betrayal

With his veto on amending the EU treaties David Cameron has sacrificed Britain's leading role within Europe, writes Jonathan Powell, chief of staff under ex-British prime minister Tony Blair: "In essence we will be Norway without the oil, bound to go along with European decisions but unable to influence them. Of course, on some issues we will be able to wield the veto. But most single-market issues are now subject to qualified majority voting. How long are the other 26 likely to put up with obstructionism by one member wielding the veto again and again? There is a reason why successive British governments of both parties have opposed a two-speed Europe: we did not want to be excluded from power in the continent to which we belong. For 200 years since the battle of Waterloo we have expended enormous efforts to maintain a leadership role in Europe. It is a betrayal of that history to turn our backs on the continent."

Prospect Magazine - United Kingdom | 02/05/2008

A lesson from Northern Ireland

The peace process in Northern Ireland can be a model for solving conflicts in other parts of the world, writes Jonathan Powell, long-standing chief of staff to Tony Blair. In an article entitled "What I learned in Belfast," Powell proposes dialogue with terrorists. "The main lesson is a simple one: the past intractability of a conflict is no guide to the future. ... There are other, more specific lessons. You cannot reach peace unless the key actors accept that a military victory is impossible. ... The one conclusion I have come to above all else ... is the importance of talking to your enemy. ... To argue that al Qaeda or the Taliban are different and that therefore you cannot talk to them is nonsense. Of course they are different, but terrorists are terrorists. What they do is evil, regardless of the cause. But you need to find a way to deal with them."

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