A referendum in 2017 and much debate on EU affairs until that point (Photo: Paul Vallejo)

UK's EU future dependent on other member states

Other leaders have reacted coolly to Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Europe, in a reminder that much of what stands on London's EU wishlist is dependent on the goodwill of other member states.

"Of course everyone has their own national interests and we are willing to talk to the British about their own wishes, but a fair compromise must be achieved," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

In his reaction, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius compared the EU to a football...

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