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Why Cameron shouldn’t gamble with Germany: Helmut Schmidt’s story

Häussler, Mathias (2015) Why Cameron shouldn’t gamble with Germany: Helmut Schmidt’s story. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (24 Nov 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In his early years, Helmut Schmidt, German Chancellor during Britain’s 1974-5 renegotiation under Harold Wilson, was an unabashed admirer of Britain. In his portrait of the recently deceased German statesman, Mathias Häussler argues that Schmidt’s later disillusionment with Britain may hold some lessons for Cameron‘s renegotiation strategy today. He writes that Schmidt was embittered as a result of the British leadership’s attempt to ‘hijack’ the European Community by fighting domestic political battles on the backs of other member states, and suggests Cameron should avoid making this mistake.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 09:09
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70839

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