Description - Freedom For Sale by John Kampfner
One of the most memorable images of Tony Blair's early premiership was of him cycling ahead of his fellow European leaders at an EU summit in Amsterdam in June 1997. Carefully choreographed to enable the British press to run "Blair leads from the front" headlines, the stunt said much about New Labour's initial enthusiasm for the European project. Electoral caution dictated that the position on the euro was neutral rather than overtly positive, and the 'five tests' bought the government time, but Blair himself was widely perceived as pro-Europe and it was assumed that the often fraught courtship between Britain and the European Union would soon result in fiscal matrimony. Eight years on, in his historic third term as Prime Minister, what has happened to Blair's European dream? Why has the ground shifted so much, not just for Blair but also for his colleague and rival, Gordon Brown?
Based on original interviews with all the key players in Westminster, Brussels and European capitals, the new book from the acclaimed author of BLAIR'S WARS lifts the lid on our recent relations with our nearest neighbours and reveals the devastating true story of how conflict, petty rivalry and bitter power-plays have turned the European dream into a nightmare.
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(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Simon & Schuster
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Author Biography - John Kampfner
John Kampfner is the author of three previous books including a biography of Robin Cook and the acclaimed BLAIR'S WARS, a devastating survey of the Prime Minister's foreign policy. He lives in London.