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A French force

Nicolas Sarkozy has star appeal. But to judge from his political testimony, he lacks a coherent political philosophy and has few ideas about how to arrest France's decline
Charles Grant  

Michael Jay

The Lebanon crisis has once again shown that foreign policy is made in Downing Street, not the foreign office. The recently retired head of the diplomatic service tries to explain why the FCO matters
Charles Grant  

Choosing Europe

Timothy Garton Ash has written an ambitious book about the future of the west. But he is too sanguine about EU-US relations and will not accept that Britain does, sometimes, have to choose between them
Charles Grant  

The road to war

There are lessons to be learned from the mistakes made in the heart of government that led to Britain's defeat at the UN
Charles Grant  

Ratify or quit

The EU's constitutional convention must take a tough line on small countries that fail to ratify treaty changes
Charles Grant  

Dear Uncle Sam

Whoever is eventually declared the next American president will have to deal with a more assertive Europe
Charles Grant  

Intelligence test

Britain's intelligence ties with the US-which includes spying on other EU states-may undermine Europe's new defence policy
Charles Grant