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    Of all UK myths about the EU, the notion that Dr. Merkel runs all is the most persuasive. It's actually quite a revealing insight.

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    The idea of how the EU works appears to be: big countries, who do the telling, and small countries, who are told - a Great Power mindset.

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    Except: it's not. The EU works by agreement. QMV is set up to prevent that. It empowers smaller countries.

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    For example, during the Greek crisis in 2015, so far from it being Germany, it was smaller Višegrad countries were harshest in Greece.

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    I am from a small EU country, yet our concerns have been placed at the top of the EU list, because we persuaded the other member states.

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    Cameron's blind notion that Dr. Merkel would square it all for him was a perfect example of this mindset, and how it leads to errors.

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    And if they enter negotiations with this mindset again, things are very unlikely to end well for them.

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