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Charlemagne has a long transcript of an interview with Angela Merkel‘s right-hand-man, Thomas de Maizière, currently Germany’s interior minister. Since discussion of the Euro falls well within the “very important but very boring” category, I’ll leave you to go and read the interview in full.

One thing worth reproducing from a UK politics perspective is de Maizière’s comment on the new British Government:

My assumption is the new British government will maybe start off by being a little more Eurosceptic and will become more and more Euro-friendly. It is usually the way.

Looking at the new Coalition Programme section on Europe, you’d have to say it’s already happening. After all, with the exception of the sections about the Euro and the Working Time Directive, most of it could have come from any country’s European policy – “we’ll negotiate hard to get the most out of it for us”. I’m sure that there are a few Eurosceptics in the Tory party googling UKIP as they read:

We will ensure that the British Government is a positive participant in the European Union, playing a strong and positive role with our partners, with the goal of ensuring that all the nations of Europe are equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century: global competitiveness, global warming and global poverty.

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