Britain Needs to Join the Euro

Question: What does David Cameron’s recent victory mean for \r\nBritain’s role in the world?
\r\nJim Hoge: Britain’s role in the world regardless of who is in the\r\n government has been in a declining state for a long time and still is. \r\n My opinion and that of a number of people sort of in the government, \r\nbut it’s my opinion, as long as they hold off becoming a part of Europe \r\nin a very sustained way across the whole border currency and everything \r\nthey’re going to continue to decline and will be more and more a small \r\nisland nation with a big past.  If they join Europe and we see an \r\ninterest in reinvigorating the European American relationship to be sort\r\n of an entity at the top of the international system that is comparable \r\nin size both in terms of population and in terms of economics with a \r\ncontinuingly rising China and a continually rising Indian and ultimately\r\n a continuing rising Brazil then they have a future, but it’s a \r\nmultilateral future.  It’s not an individual future.  If they don’t do \r\nthat, if they stick with the Tory Government’s idea that they should be \r\nhands off about Europe except for some things here and there I think \r\nthey’re a diminishing power in the world and the idea that there will be\r\n a special relationship between the US and Britain will begin to fade.  \r\nThe more likely special relationship if there has to be one between us \r\nand just a nation in Europe is going to be between us and Germany.  \r\nGermany has once again by far the most powerful and prosperous and \r\nsuccessful country in Europe and we have to keep that in mind as we go \r\nforward.  Now as to does this coalition government represent something \r\nnew in British politics, they’ve had them before, but not in a long \r\ntime.  I think it does represent something somewhat new.  The two old \r\nparties, labor and the Tories have lost a great deal of trust and \r\nallegiance from the British public.  The British public is ready for \r\nmore than a two party system.  They’re ready for a more European system \r\nof a number of parties and we may see that begin to flourish even more \r\nif this coalition government is successful.

Recorded May 28, 2010
Interviewed by Jessica Liebman

Britain's role in foreign affairs has been in decline for a long time, and that will continue unless the country joins with other European countries in a very sustained way.

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