Constructive criticism on the EU budget should be welcomed

Gordon Brown (picture World Economic Forum)

By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 5 December 2006

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has not always sought popularity among his fellow EU finance ministers. On the eve of Euro-12 Council meetings, to which of course he is not invited, he likes to air his views on the relative economic performance of the British and the eurozone economies.

He chooses, naturally, to speak about those aspects of policy which cast Britain in the best light – his critics could readily choose others where the comparison is less favourable – and the leaders of eurozone must be getting pretty fed up by now.

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