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“An appalling way to behave”. CEPS Commentary, 4 November 2014

Núñez Ferrer, Jorge and Gros, Daniel. (2014) “An appalling way to behave”. CEPS Commentary, 4 November 2014. [Policy Paper]

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    Aside from David Cameron’s childish behaviour in protesting the additional payment of €2 billion due to the EU budget by December 1st, there is no point in discussing further whether the UK should contribute more to the EU budget. As underlined in this Commentary, the basic point is simple: clear rules on the contributions of member states were agreed, by common consent, whose implementation essentially involved putting numbers into a spreadsheet. This was done expressly in order to remove the political element out of a potentially contentious process. The authors accuse those countries that are now contesting the numbers as acting in bad faith. The EU cannot work if commonly agreed rules are thrown overboard whenever they do not suit a large member state.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > budgets & financing
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 09:49
    Number of Pages: 2
    Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 09:49

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