While the new structure of the Commission reflects a desire
to ameliorate the UK’s concerns, Member States have also
made clear that they see the UK as an essential member of
the EU. Northern European Member States see the UK’s free
market outlook as particularly important and a counterweight
to the protectionist instincts of ‘southern’ Member States.
Germany is the UK’s most powerful ally, with German Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schäuble repeating on 20 May that noneurozone
members should be protected in a future revision of
the treaties. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has made clear
his sympathy for David Cameron’s focus on subsidiarity and
the Renzi government in Italy have said that they support the
UK’s drive to reform the EU...'