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A more likely Brexit may see power shift in EU to France and Germany

From the very beginning, the European Union (EU) had to take care that the big members did not become too dominant. For a long time, this worked well and was its secret formula for success.

Germany, France, Britain or Italy - they were all careful to include concerns of the smaller members or even advocate on their behalf.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 28, 2019, with the headline 'A more likely Brexit may see power shift in EU to France and Germany'. Print Edition | Subscribe