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Helen Thompson

protecting and advancing the EC’s unity as a trade bloc. Indeed, Nixon and Kissinger were increasingly opposed to the whole idea of further integration, believing that it reduced their ability to influence west European decision-making. Any attempt to find an alternative to Bretton Woods that safeguarded a shared exchange-rate framework would have to be made by the EC states themselves. The French modern democratic nation-state was the most exposed. The EC had financially protected its farmers and its commercial M1218 - THOMPSON TXT.qxp:GRAHAM Q7.3 136 10/3/08 13

in Might, right, prosperity and consent
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Mary C. Murphy

of regionalisation across Europe as being in part a response to the increasing policy load and competence of the EU. The fears of being subsumed into a perceived monolithic and homogenous trans- Introduction 11 national union have prompted some regions to seek greater levels of autonomy and independence. Concerns aside, however, it is clear that the EU is an important policy-making arena for the regions of the EU: It seems commonsensical that SNAs [subnational authorities] will seek to engage with and influence European decision-making processes to the extent

in Northern Ireland and the European Union
David Brown

, both in terms of more traditional terrorist groups – with secular political aims and objectives – and the Islamist variants that have dominated the headlines since 11 September 2001, this chapter aims to critically examine whether the reality on the ground warrants the label of ‘common interest’. There seem to be few guides within the annals of European decision-making, both legislative and academic, to determine the conceptual contours of this label. Neither the EU institutions nor wider academia have really given any detailed consideration to the question of the

in The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1992–2007
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David Brown

being an internal, and occasionally controversial, debating topic within his own state to the top tables of European decision-making, but he also shepherded it through the potential minefields of EU negotiations. Yet, his tactics – while useful in overcoming any initial political dissent – had chap6.indd 155 26/05/2010 09:27:05 156 The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation a price to pay in the longer term. In fact, the combination of relative speed – particularly within EC/EU circles – and the shock value sowed the seeds of future problems

in The European Union, counter terrorism and police co-operation, 1992–2007