The direction of the European system seems pretty clear towards closer integration, but there is a flaw. For critics, the political project is going too far, while some governments want to have a bigger say. Some fear, the idea of More Europe is a threat to their national interest, hence, they want to get more involved in the process. Precisely, this was one of the principles in Cameron’s speech, who hopes to find allies for his claims of exceptionalism.
The British challenge has a lot to do with the idea that it may be easier to negotiate the repatriation of some powers if the negotiations have impact on other Member States as well.
While most members were able to agree, one year ago, a roadmap for moving towards a deeper Economic and Monetary Union, critics point to the issue of legitimacy of political integration, which created a new dilemma. To what extent the citizens like the EU intrusions into the important national issues?
But how and for how long can the EU deal with sub-unions?
On Cameron's paradoxes:
What if Cameron gets concessions from Brussels?