UK's Clegg aims to mend EU links at London meeting

By REUTERS
January 7, 2012 04:08

LONDON) - British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hosts a meeting of his liberal allies from around Europe in London on Monday to promote his agenda of re-engagement with the European Union after the UK vetoed an EU treaty in December.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn and German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler are among the senior liberal figures joining Clegg at the mini-summit in the British capital.

British Prime Minister David Cameron set the country on a separate orbit from the 26 other members of the European Union at the end of last year when he refused to sign a treaty on measures to help resolve the eurozone debt crisis.

Cameron, Conservative head of a coalition government with Clegg's Liberal Democrats, withheld his support after failing to win protection for Britain's important financial services sector.


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