Greater emphasis on the roles of national governments

United Kingdom
Federal Trust for Education and Research
Although the European Union has been seen over the past six months in this country as a useful meeting-place of national governments, it could not be said that the institutions of the European Union have been perceived as figuring largely in the global financial crisis. Much greater emphasis has been placed in the public consciousness on the roles of national governments, notably the British, French and German governments. Brown has been eager to present himself as working closely together with his European colleagues, despite Britain’s continuing absence from the Euro. This absence from the Eurozone is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. British opponents of the single European currency and British membership of it have claimed in recent months to discern economic and political strains within the Eurozone, which could put its stability under pressure. This is not a universally – held view in the United Kingdom. If anything, British public opinion has been impressed by the rising value of the Euro against the pound over the past six months. This has not led, however, to any apparent increase in the British public’s desire to join the Euro. A “BBC” poll published in January 2009 found that 71 percent would vote against membership in a referendum.[1]

[1] See: (last access: 25 January 2009).