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Europe ‘à la carte’

This refers to the idea of a non-uniform method of European integration which allows EU countries to select policies, as if from a menu, and involve themselves fully in those policies.

The EU would still have a minimum number of common objectives. However, different countries would integrate at different levels (variable geometry) or at different speeds (multi-speed). Europe ‘à la carte’ is already a reality with some countries being part of the eurozone and others not.