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Handelsblatt - Germany | 13/12/2011

Don't make London a whipping boy

The British prime minister had no choice but to say No at the EU summit in Brussels, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt writes, saying the focus should now be on common ground: "Even under normal circumstances it would have been hopeless to expect Cameron to approve the EU's conversion into a fiscal union as a first step towards political union without receiving anything to show for it at home. But given that the justification for this step was the rescue of a currency the logic of which the British still doubt today it was utterly impossible. The impending new Stability Pact among the 26 remaining EU member states has widened the rift between the UK and the Continent. ... This is reflected in the clear backing his country has now given him. ... It would be better now to focus on what the two sides still have in common and what can serve both their interests instead of ranting against the Brits. And a functioning common market is right at the top of the list here."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 27/06/2007

Matthias Thibaut on Great Britain's golden age

German columnist Matthias Thibaut reflects on how the Blair era changed the country's culture: "You have to say this much for him: Blair redefined the relationship between the United Kingdom, that bastion of traditionalism, and modernity along with its most important agents: globalisation and individualisation. London's skyline, with its international high rise architecture, the boulevardisation of its cultural life, the obsession with lifestyle and a new, more relaxed attitude towards the realities of life, from gay marriages to the British people's (until recently) uncomplicated attitude towards multiculturalism and immigration, are all testimony to this. Perhaps Blair's cultural battle was only intended to be a 'relaunch' - a new image for old Great Britain. Or perhaps it really was a major offensive against old institutions, against the conservative power base and in favour of 'New Labour values'. ... With all its productive contradictions, Great Britain has shown that it's possible to be an old country and a new one at the same time."

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