Fear of isolation pushes EU's outsiders to embrace euro zone

Robin Emmott, Reuters, 13.12.2011

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A determination not to be sidelined is driving EU countries that don't use the euro to support deeper integration in the single currency area, even though they reject joining the club until Europe's sovereign debt crisis is resolved. [...]

Despite that, such willingness to rally behind the intergovernmental agreement is a show of force that dampens talk about a division in Europe, said Janis Emmanouilidis at the European Policy Centre think-tank. "It is also a strong signal that most non-euro EU countries want to abide by their treaty obligation to join the euro zone," he said.

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