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He predicted that the EU will never be a “real power” because too many EU officials are “overly cautious.”

“To be a real power, a country must be ready and able to adopt and implement a policy, even if the rest of the world considers it unwise,” said the cable, paraphrasing Mr. Patten.

It added that Mr. Patten complained that several countries were “foisted” upon the EU as a political price to admit eight northern European countries in 2004.

“Cyprus, for instance, probably should not have been admitted … but the Greek insisted on Cypriot admission as the price of agreeing to some of the northern European candidates,” the cable said.

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