Friday, May 17, 2013

Europe existed before Britain joined it, insists Hollande as he accuses Cameron of 'splintering' EU by pledging referendum

The president of France last night accused David Cameron of 'splintering' the European Union by pledging to claw back powers ahead of an in-out referendum.

Fran├žois Hollande threatened to inflame Tory Eurosceptics by calling for closer political union between EU nations within two years, and launched a scathing attack on Britain's austerity policies.

Mr Hollande, the socialist leader whose popularity in France is plummeting amid a sink back into recession and rising unemployment, said he understood there were 'political forces' calling for Britain to leave the EU.