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Last EditedKarma Policeman  Jun 26, 2009 08:20am
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MediaNewspaper - Economist (The)
News DateThursday, June 25, 2009 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Tories’ new allies are a motley crew

NOT fascists, but not obvious soul mates either: that is a fair summary of the politicians invited on June 22nd to join Britain’s Conservatives in a new grouping in the European Parliament. Most are nationalists or social conservatives whose views hardly chime with the moderate messages pushed by David Cameron at home. How did this happen?

Mr Cameron promised, during his campaign to become Tory leader, to leave the main centre-right grouping, the European People’s Party (EPP), and found a new one committed to free trade and opposition to a federal Europe. In these cynical times, it is tempting to cheer him merely for keeping his word.
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