EU Council President Donald Tusk, left, unveiled proposals that he hopes will keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc.
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The European Union formally abandoned Tuesday the founding principle that all of its members are heading toward ever closer integration, only at different speeds.A draft deal negotiated by EU authorities with the aim of keeping Britain in the bloc recognizes for the first time that some countries do not share the objective, enshrined in the 1957 Treaty of Rome, of "ever closer union" and may never go further in political integration.Britain is already the most semidetached of EU members.EU officials are keen to avoid the terms offered to Britain triggering a "me too" wave of efforts by others, such as Poland, to row back on existing commitments.Cameron secured concessions on a range of demands from more say for national parliaments, to denying welfare benefits to new EU migrants arriving in Britain, and a procedure to make it harder for eurozone countries to outvote non-euro members.The EU has fudged the issue of assuaging U.K. fears of being outvoted by euro members on regulation affecting the City of London's global financial center without giving Britain a veto right over such rule-making.That would appear to preclude any repeat of a 2011 incident when Cameron tried to veto a fiscal compact treaty designed to strengthen enforcement of EU budget rules in the euro area, only for other member states to adopt the measure as an intergovernmental treaty, bypassing Britain.
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